During the early morning of this Thursday, various families living in the west of Torreón, lived moments of terror when they saw how water, debris and garbage flooded their homes in a matter of seconds, having to quickly leave their homes.
The image in the place was heartbreaking, it might as well be taken from a apocalyptic movie, vehicles overturned and completely destroyed, rubble, parts of pavement, bridges and pluvial facilities were scattered throughout the streets.
In addition, the place became more desolate when noticing the faces of the settlers, full of sadness, anger and helplessness when they saw how some lost everything for which they worked for years. Among the rubble you can find stuffed animals, clothes and some useless toys, as well as parts of what used to be kitchen tableware.
Two little girls walk through the mud. With their little hands they feel the ground in search of something, both are trying to find some of their toys between the mud and the water, they say that if they wash them they will be able to use them again.
Jiménez family, one of the most affected
The little ones are cousins and are part of the Jiménez family, one of the most affected by the flooding of the place.
They live next to one of the pedestrian bridges that was blocked by two vehicles that were swept away by the current of the natural canal known as Huizache, on Avenida México, in the Polvorera neighborhood, where when the cars stagnated, a blockage was formed that caused the overflow of the water.
Juan, the father of the family, said that when it started to rain they did not imagine everything that was going to happen. While they were inside their house they heard a kind of explosion and immediately afterwards a torrent of water forced their main door, entered through a corridor and finally reached a second door that was also forced, in addition to the glass breaking.
When he saw that the water and the mud entered all the rooms of his house, and when they were flooded, he took his family and as they could they left the place.
The Jiménez family was one of the victims of the flood to the west of #Keep. The water, mud and garbage entered their home and they lost practically all their goods ???????? ️ pic.twitter.com/0Rdv088kGW
– Millennium Laguna (@MilenioLaguna) August 5, 2021
The family made up of mom, dad and three children, including a one-year-old baby, took what little he could and left the place, heading up the colony and against the current, since Juan points out that his mother-in-law lives three blocks away and that was your destination to bring your children to safety.
All they managed to get to safety and during the morning they returned to see what had happened in their house, finding a completely different space to what they knew, the floor of their house was no longer even visible, also their clothes had formed a mess together with the mud and nothing was salvageable.
Their furniture was the same, bed bases, platforms, wardrobes and everything made of wood was useless, so they could only ask for some shovels and help their neighbors and start cleaning the mud and water that was in the place.
Faldas del cerro: an almost apocalyptic zone
Like the Jiménezs, dozens of families from the colonias Polvorera, Camilo Torres, Torreón y Anexas, Victoria, José R. Mijares, Compresora and Morelos, suffered damages both in their houses and in their vehicles, since a total of five cars were dragged by the current of the stream.
This stream is a natural channel that begins the foothills of the Cerro de las Noas Canyon, near the limits with the State of Durango, where the rainwater that runs off the hills takes its way and overflows through the canal, where later the inhabitants of Torreón built their homes.