Weekend rains flood Sonoran communities, damage key roadways

By Murphy Woodhouse
Published: Monday, August 22, 2022 - 5:35pm

Sonoran flooding
Coordinacion Estatal de Proteccion Civil (Sonora)
A bridge on the major interstate between Hermosillo and Guaymas collapsed during the heavy weekend rains.

The weekend’s heavy rains brought widespread damage in neighboring Sonora.

Some of the heaviest damage was concentrated near coastal Guaymas, where the interstate flooded and bridges collapsed, temporarily closing key segments of the state’s most important roadway. As of Monday morning, authorities said it is now open again, but traffic is heavy and slow.

A number of communities were overwhelmed with floodwaters, including San Jose, just north of Guaymas, where Greg Hovey owns a dragon fruit farm. He says he expects to be able to save his home, but many neighbors did not fare as well.

“People have nothing. I have something to come home to, and we can come back from this, but there are people here who have nothing,” he said. “They don't have food, they don't have clothing, they don't have shelter.”

He and others are undertaking fundraising and donation efforts to help community members those most impacted recover.

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