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By Helen Trouten Torres, Contributing Reporter

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - The pressing issue of flood prevention has once again been brought to the forefront of city politics in the aftermath of Rio’s fifth highest rainfall in fourteen years April 25th. The nine hour storm severely flooded streets, leading to the destruction of many homes, cars and businesses which were overrun by fast-flowing water, mud and debris.

During the storm and flooding, the road system ground to a halt marooning many workers overnight. On the highway Grajaú-Jacarepaguá, one of the city’s main roads for commuters, 600 tons . . .

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