A large pipe broke on Avenida Reitor Miguel Calmon, in the Garcia neighborhood, in Salvador, and a car sank in the completely flooded street this Thursday morning (16). A video made by people passing by recorded the moment. See video:
The couple in the vehicle managed to escape through the window. Moments later, the car is submerged in the road, which connects with Avenida Garibaldi and is an important route for revelers heading to the Osmar circuit, in Campo Grande, and Dodô, in Barra-Ondina.
Due to this incident, traffic in the region is slow and traffic jams have been reported on streets surrounding the region. According to the Traffic Superintendence of Salvador (Transalvador), it was necessary to ban the road for drivers coming from Praça Lord Cochrane, in Garibaldi.
In this sense, drivers and motorcyclists can follow Av. Vasco da Gama, pass by Barris, from where you can access Vale do Canela via Av. Centenário, right after the tunnel, or going up Ladeira do Garcia as a detour option.
At the moment, traffic and transport agents are on site to try to minimize impacts on traffic in the region, helping drivers, pedestrians and passengers.
Other videos showed the size of the damage on the street. In the images, it is possible to see that plant branches were placed on the road to help drivers trying to cross the flooding. In a note, the Bahian Water and Sanitation Company (Embasa) said that the pipeline was closed and reported that 16 neighborhoods will have their water supply interrupted due to the incident.
The forecast of the company is that the supply returns gradually from 17h. Check out the list of affected neighborhoods below:
- Alto das Pombas
- Engenho Velho of the Federation
- Apipema Garden
- Morro do Gato
- Morro Ipiranga
- Alto de Ondine
- Sao Blas Park
- Vila Matos