La Jornada – Chicoloapan settlers lose everything

La Jornada – Chicoloapan settlers lose everything
La Jornada – Chicoloapan settlers lose everything

Chicoloapan, Mex. The drainage system is complete, but the tragedy remains here in the Piedras Negras neighborhood, where residents are literally drowning in mixed emotions and feelings. Fury, disappointment, anger, guilt, anguish and sadness are expressed by not knowing if they will receive help after losing their property, following the flooding of more than 500 homes caused by tropical storm ‘Chris’ last Monday.

48 hours after the emergency began, federal and state authorities, supported by teams of municipal workers, finally finished removing all the water from the interior of the houses, sidewalks and streets of this social interest housing unit.

The worst-affected houses, where the drainage waters reached up to half a metre in height, were also the last to be rescued. Before midday on Wednesday, people began to remove their spoiled belongings.

With the help of heavy machinery and dump trucks, sanitation workers collected tons of furniture and household goods that had become garbage after being contaminated by the foul-smelling waters.

Ricardo Arenas lives at number 143 on Ámbar Street, perhaps the street most affected by the flooding. He arrived here 17 years ago and for the second time in a row he lost everything. Last year, the rains flooded his property for the first time.

When asked if the construction of the restricted lane on the third line of the Mexibús in its extension from Chimalhuacán to Chicoloapan has to do with the flooding, he says he does not have the certainty or evidence to confirm it; but he is sure of one thing. “Precisely, it was because of the construction of the Mexibús that these floods began.”

As you may recall, in 2023, a torrent flooded the colonies in the lower part of Chicoloapan and Chimalhuacán, including the Piedras Negras subdivision. Here, for the first time, it was affected. Even two students from the Chimalhuacán Higher Education Institute (located behind the unit) lost their lives as a result of the flood.

At that time, people claimed that poorly planned and rushed Mexibús work was responsible for the flood. Today, the same thing is happening.

On Monday, a third of the 1,500 homes in this subdivision were flooded for the second time, and it was not until Wednesday morning that all of the sewage could be drained.

“Today we are starting to clean up (the interior of our house). Thanks to the support of some altruistic people, we are managing to remove what used to be our furniture and is now garbage.”


Ricardo Arenas lost his computer equipment, living room, refrigerator, stove, full kitchen and other furniture. He was unable to salvage anything from the ground floor of his house, where the water reached half a meter in height.

So far, no authority from the three levels of government has carried out a census to find out the total number of families affected and the losses caused by the flood. Uncertainty prevails; no one has told them whether they will receive aid.

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