May 18, 2013
Flash floods grapple the city
Heavy downpours caused flash flooding across the capital city today, with water levels over a metre deep in some areas.
One of the worst-affected neighbourhoods was Belgrano, where cars and other vehicles were left almost completely under water.
Shop vendors along Cabildo Avenue between Congreso streets and Juramento were particularly affected by the sudden flooding.
Many stores located at the intersection with Blanco Encalada were forced to close, in a bid to combat the high water levels,
The National Met Service (SMN) issued a weather warning this morning for storms across the country, and a little after 1 pm in Buenos Aires, the heavy rain started.
The flooding didn’t take long to start affecting the public transport systems, with the subway only partially in service. The C line was running a restricted service and the D line was not stopping at Scalabrini Ortíz station, due to the flooding.
The arrival of today's torrential rain came after a week of intense heat in Greater Buenos Aires and the city centre with temperatures reaching highs of 37 degrees.