The Pemex refinery under water today. The Pemex refinery under water today.

New highway damage, flooding at refinery

Tropical storm Calvin makes landfall and delivers more rain to Oaxaca

There has been more highway damage and flooding at a refinery in Oaxaca as a result of heavy rain delivered yesterday by tropical storm Calvin, the second such storm to make landfall on the state’s coast in two weeks.

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Workers were still repairing the damage from tropical storm Beatriz when Calvin touched land between Puerto Ángel and Salina Cruz about 7:00pm last night.

About 12 hours of rainfall caused highway damage between Salina Cruz and Pochutla, reducing traffic to one lane in places on the coast highway.

The Pemex refinery in Salina Cruz shut down this afternoon due to flooding in different areas.

Photos on social media showed employees wading in water that was almost waist-high.

Calvin had weakened to a tropical depression by 1:00am today, said the United States National Hurricane Center.

The Tequisistlán bridge on the highway between Oaxaca city and Tehuantepec was closed again today due to safety concerns.

It had been closed to all but pedestrian traffic after it sustained severe damages in the previous storm, but even then rappelling gear was being used to ensure the safety of people crossing it.

Source: NVI Noticias (sp)

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