15 new flood points identified in the ZMG; these are their locations

Prior to the start of the rainy season, 15 new points of recurrent flooding were identified in the ZMG; we tell you the details

Aunque se identificaron 15 nuevos SRI este 2024, sólo representan 11 más en comparación al 2023. EL INFORMADOR / ARCHIVO

A total of 15 new points of recurrent flooding have been identified in the Metropolitan Area prior to the start of the rainy season, with the aim of alerting citizens to possible risks.

This is according to the 2024 update made by the Metropolitan Planning Institute (Imeplan) of the Single Flood Map (MUI), in which, with these new 15 points, there are now a total of 371 Recurrent Flood Sites (SRI) in the municipalities of Guadalajara, Tlaquepaque, Tlajomulco and Zapopan.

Of this total, 140 are identified as high priority, 144 as medium and 87 as low. In addition, 35 coincide with overpasses and their priority level is high: eight overpasses are close to channels, seven are on missing channels and in three there have been deaths, added the Imeplan.

“The increase in SRIs is linked to the increase in records of floods in places where they were previously sporadic and are now recurrent, which changes their classification from monitoring site to recurrent. That is, events of short-duration intense rains in specific sites, (convective rains) and/or long-duration intense rains (torrential rains), in places where floods were previously infrequent,” detailed the Imeplan.

Although 15 new SRIs were identified this 2024, they only represent 11 more compared to 2023; this is because, of the total recorded last year, two were reclassified as Flood Monitoring Sites, while three more were unified due to their contiguity, explained the Institute.

The new 15 flood points are the following:

Los Molinos Subdivision (Zapopan)
Calzada Independencia and San Benedicto Volcano, Huentitán El Bajo (Guadalajara)
Calzada del Vergel and Curtidores, Jardines del Vergel (Zapopan)
Laureles Avenue and Hidalgo Avenue (tunnel), downtown Zapopan
Jerez Street and Évora, Santa Elena Alcalde (Guadalajara)
Manuel Gómez Morín and Celerino Navarro Peripheral Lateral, Rancho Nuevo (Guadalajara)
Monte Jura and Rogelio Bacón (Independencia) Guadalajara.
David Hinojosa and Laura Apodaca, Aldama Tetlán (Guadalajara)
Juan Álvarez and Esmeralda Private, El Retiro (Guadalajara)
López Mateos and Nicolás Copérnico, Las Águilas (Zapopan)
Marcelino Champagnat and Charal, Rinconada La Calma (Zapopan)
Apozolco River and Las Colinas Private 2, Loma Bonita Ejidal (Tlaquepaque)
Valley of Mercy and San José, Valley of Mercy (Tlaquepaque)
Colina Real Subdivision (Tlajomulco)
La Cofradía Subdivision (Tlajomulco)

How can we contribute to addressing the risk of flooding?

Some actions that contribute to mitigating the risk of flooding are the construction of infrastructure that allows the retention, capture and infiltration of rainwater in an induced manner, as well as the cleaning, dredging and sanitation of the existing infrastructure that prevents the dragging of objects during the rains.

This was the case of the Flood Monitoring Site (SMIT-001) located between José Figueroa and San Fernando streets, in the Nueva Santa María neighborhood of the municipality of Tlaquepaque, which is registered as the first Mitigated Flood Site in the AMG. During 2023, the Tlaquepaque city council carried out several actions that contributed to mitigating flooding at the site, where the construction of storm drains in the contribution area stands out, explained the Imeplan.

With the Single Flood Map and the Metropolitan Risk Atlas, where high priority zones, high and very high flood risk zones have been established, respectively, the Imeplan promotes the execution of priority and coordinated actions for flood mitigation.

In addition, with the update of the POTmet, it seeks to protect the channels and bodies of water, promote a green infrastructure strategy, and promote sustainable development through the conservation of areas of high environmental value that provide ecosystem services, including infiltration, the Institute concluded.

Source: informador