Today on Uruguay Flooded Life

Car nose-down in flooded and overlflowing drainage ditch
That’s the end of block, right at the corner of our shared yard.

The rains continue. Tormenta electrica sin fin. The drainage canals along the main road at the end of our street are totally overflowed. And apparently Uruguayans are no better than Los Angeles residents at driving in rain.

Upon quick return from a truncated dog walk, this is the vista from under the relative shelter of the awning above our doorway.

Looking from under awning towards flooded streetcorner with car in overflowing drainage ditch.
View from our entryway, still above water – for now!
View out from lawns and driveways of casitas to the dirt road that is flooding and being eroded by the rainwaters.
Looking up our beach town dirt road. Complete with new riverlets.

Here’s what it looked like from that flooded corner back towards our casita.

View up the block in our section of Atĺantida Uruguay showing the flooding moving up from the overflowing drainage ditch creeping up the side street.
Looking back at our house from that corner. Hope we stay above water!

Our entrance is one of those on the side of the building, on the dirt road side street. There are two larger 2-bedroom casitas on the front of this 5-unit building, you can see one of them with a green bench on the far right of the picture. They are a bit lower and the waters are creeping up onto that lawn. I’m afraid our neighbor Doña Graciela may have some water flowing in under the door before the day is out, if we don’t get a break soon. A longer break than these 10-20 minute bands of slight clearing before the next wave of the tormenta blows through.

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Site co-owner Mark Mercer. AKA Marcos Cristoforo Mercer, AKA the Fuzzy Wanderer. Expat from USA living in Uruguay as of mid-2012, after "test-driving" it for a few months in 2011 and early 2012. Married to Lisamaria, AKA well-known travel and fitness writer Lisa Marie Mercer. Follow Mark on Twitter @mcmxs and his many other sites, which you can find at I write and engage about many of my other interests, on Google+ at

5 thoughts on “Today on Uruguay Flooded Life”

  1. Indeed, Mark, the flooding rains have been incredible. However, compared to so many other countries at this time, and during the last few months, Uruguay has fared pretty well comparatively. The solar magnetics are ‘zinging’ at a near-record pace, and this additional helio (sun) electromagnetic energy changes the Jetstream and other atmospheric parameters so that there is an intense increase in extreme weather conditions. After one more week of above average rainfall (not as bad as in the past week up to today), then we should be able to return to normal. May all be well.

    1. Thank you for the well wishes and great information, Simon. Yes, I’m aware we’ve been fortunate compared to many locations and countries, including several places in Lisa’s and my original home, the USA. Extreme climate changes and the resultant weather pattern abnormalities globally are causing quite the problem everywhere. The horrible fires back in our former state of Colorado last year being just part of it, as is the longstanding Western drought and the bark beetle infestations that have destroyed forests.

      As a sometime shortwave listener (SWL) and ham radio operator, I do pay attention to the solar weather, though with some of my rigs in storage in the USA I’ve been out of the game and thus a little lax on that attention. Wasn’t there just an inversion of the Sun’s magnetic poles? Plus an unusual object/anomaly on its surface?

      1. Hopefully, Mark, you can get those awesome pieces of equipment out from storage soon. Yes, there WAS a reversal in the solar magnetics, and when we experience that ‘flip’, there are magnetic axes (literally ionized ‘lines’) that create extreme weather on the planet. One of these right now, for example, is over the North Atlantic, bringing cold and storms to the Eastern US and milder storms to Western Europe. Another is the rain axis set-up into Eastern Argentina and Uruguay. A more ‘sinister’ one is set-up just east of Tokyo, and all that radiation from Fukushima is “flooding” into the Western USA States at this time. It’s God-awful that the US government is not telling its citizens of this radioactive contamination, but that’s a topic for another time. In summary, global weather extremes are going to increase more and more: and unfortunately, we will see increasing impacts, devastation and a rapid increase in societal effects.

    1. Yow! I also saw some of that in El Observador article that I linked at our Uruguay For Me page:

      I thought it looked like it was right down the street but wasn’t sure from their photos. From yours, Doug, wow, that’s right here. Pretty much right in front of the Atlantic City Hotel, or just up the rambla from it across from that parking area, right? Plus the boardwark to the beach, barely patched this season and already almost covered, got clobbered again.

      Ah, Mother Nature!

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