Heavy Rains Shut Down Panama City This Afternoon

Wednesday, December 05 2012 @ 08:37 PM UTC

Contributed by: Don Winner

Streets were flooded and the city was practically paralyzed, due to the large traffic congestion is what is being reported on the social networks following the rains this afternoon, Wednesday, 5 December.

The tweeters question the lack of traffic units in different streets, and accidents that have occurred in areas such as Via Brazil near PriceSmart, as well as at the bridge of the Americas.

Points such as Avenida Perú, Vía España, Avenida Balboa ,Calle 50, Bella Vista, Calidonia, Vía Transístmica and Avenida Justo Arosemena are paralyzed, according to reports from drivers.

There has also been reports of floods in Frangipani, the Children's Hospital and Via Veneto.

"Half of Panama is flooded and it only rained 20 minutes. God Forbid it should rain the whole day," said one via Twitter.

Recent heavy rains caused flooding in Colon and La Chorrera, leaving more than 1,500 homes affected.

The rains have worsened the traffic situation in Panama, which has been affected by the holiday season, and the road realignment work being done by the current government, which has tested the patience to the drivers, as this is the price progress. There are no reports from the National System of Civil Protection on anyone who might have been affected by flooding. (Estrella)

Editor's Comment: The very end of the rainy season is "funny" like that. One day it will rain like hell and dump a zillion gallons of water and flood everything. The very next day it's like someone threw a grand master switch in the sky - Click! - and it's dry season. Any day now...

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