Rainy season in Managua

After six long months of hot, dry, dusty weather we have finally hit the “winter” month of June. The weather has turned on a dime to cool, wet and muddy. But hey, I’ll take it. Usually.

Two days ago we had a flash flood in Managua. This is not unusual for rainy season. About 8″ fell over about two hours which simultaneously cleaned out the city and created much more mess. Less trash in the streets but more rocks, busted up roads, missing manhole covers, etc.

We were caught in it. The rains started after 10pm when we were returning from dinner with the in-laws and decided to get the tire patched thanks to a 2″ drywall screw that found its way onto some wayward street somewhere along our path. Nine plugs later (yes, turned out the tire was holier than the vatican’s accounting department) we drove into the thick of it and the water started rising fast.

11pm We decided to pull over and wait for the rain to subside. It didn’t. We were in a high parking lot around Altamira and watched the street turn into a creek. Que crying kids who don’t understand why we don’t just go to a hotel. “What about that hotel on the way home called The Faithful Corner,” he asks.

12am The rain stays pretty consistent and the street creek hasn’t gotten any wider so I decide to drive a little further to explore. It’s a mess. A few blocks down the road we watch the truck in front of us bottom out in a low intersection. We turn around and seek refuge in a gas station, snacks and hot chocolate.

1am Still wet but the rain is starting to subside. We decide to risk it as Marcela guides us through some backway barrio streets. We can see the open storm drains had overflowed hanging plastic bags and branches on fences throughout the city. Potholes are impossible to see since we are driving through water up to the bumper. Fortunately we did end up getting home about a half hour later.

Just how bad was the flooding? Here is a before and after photo of the ancient footprints of Acuhualinca museum.

managua footprints