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By Nicole Froio, Contributing Reporter

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - The weather has not been kind to Rio de Janeiro in the last week, as several neighborhoods were flooded, stranding people in traffic and at home for hours. However, a worrying development was the flooding of the Marquês de Sapucaí Sambódromo, weeks before Carnival and the parade of samba schools.

The Série A schools have already suffered with the rain as it flooded the tents where they keep their costumes and parade cars in Zona Portuária (Port Zone) and on Avenida Brasil (Avenue Brazil).

If the rain . . .

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