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by ZihuaRob ⌂ @, Zihuatanejo, México, Monday, September 30, 2019, 11:25 (19 days ago)

Rivers overflowed up and down the coast of Guerrero washing out bridges and causing landslides and flooding. The Costa Chica is cut off along the coastal highway. Just before Petatlán the road is reduced to one lane. Coacoyul suffered severe flooding. Pantla. Barrio Nuevo. Barrio Viejo. Pozquelite. A lot of Zihuatanejo flooded as usual but we were lucky in our little corner of town.

One heartening story was the rescue of several horses by citizens of Coyuca after they had been spotted being swept away by the river. I believe I posted both the video of them being swept away and the story of their rescue on my Facebook page, in case anyone's interested.

From the brief sojourn I took late yesterday afternoon, what struck me the most was the obscene amount of styrofoam everywhere. Cups and plates mostly broken into pieces spread over the streets, beaches, parks and plazas. All of that trash was due not to Narda but to careless mindless unthinking people who think nothing about tossing it on the ground or in an arroyo. It washed out into the bay and was blown back ashore by the winds. Most of the food sold by street vendors comes on styrofoam plates. Most of the micheladas bought at streetside stores comes in styrofoam cups. Since there's not likely to be any mass epiphanies anytime soon, our municipal government should ban those types of containers in our community. Same as with single use plastics.

This is the only photo I dare show from yesterday. The water had been up almost to the white painted area earlier. If you look carefully you can still see some pieces styrofoam stuck to the high water mark.
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by mosesk @, Ojai, CA, USA, Monday, September 30, 2019, 16:38 (19 days ago) @ ZihuaRob

As a fairly new visitor to Zihua, would you say that a storm of this strength is a fairly "common" occurrence, like once or more times per year?
Or more like once every few years or so?

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by ZihuaRob ⌂ @, Zihuatanejo, México, Monday, September 30, 2019, 18:01 (19 days ago) @ mosesk

As a fairly new visitor to Zihua, would you say that a storm of this strength is a fairly "common" occurrence, like once or more times per year?
Or more like once every few years or so?

It seems to rain a lot less than it used to. This type of storm used to be more common. Many a year it used to rain weeks at a time, but since we didn't have smartphones with weather apps or even The Weather Channel we had no idea what was coming or what was here beyond the Boletín Meteorológico that the Armada de México posts on their wall by the pier each morning. So it used to be a place where all the fishermen and anyone else interested in knowing the weather would pass by every day to read their report. I doubt most people reading here ever noticed it was there.

The problem with the rains seeming to cause worse flooding than they used to is because all the roads, buildings and cleared land cause the water to run off the hillsides faster than it ever used to, and less is absorbed in the ground. The old arroyos used to be the natural drains, but now you can't hardly find any that haven't been obstructed whether with construction, yard trash or garbage. Much of which eventually ends up in the bay.

I don't know if you recall the Ingrid/Manuel storm of 2013. That was essentially 3 straight weeks of daily deluge that did a lot of damage up and down the coast as well as in the sierra. Like Hurricane Pauline that hit Acapulco in 1997, that was a rare storm, but then again I recall Patricia just a few years ago, the biggest hurricane ever recorded at that time. It sat and hovered off our coast for about 3 days, yet we barely got a sprinkle, than it moved north and slammed the coast of Jalisco. You just never know when it's our turn, but you should always expect to go several days cut off from the outside world here as much from tropical storms during hurricane season as well as from seismic events.

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by mosesk @, Ojai, CA, USA, Monday, September 30, 2019, 18:59 (18 days ago) @ ZihuaRob

Thank you for that explanation Rob!