Aguas Dulces after the storm

We had quite a storm here at the end of last month.

We returned today from Aguas Dulces. I normally don’t like to post lots of photos, but I think in this case they will help you appreciate its aftermath.

Aguas Dulces, Uruguay, November 2016
From our friends’ deck. The lower right was their front yard.

Aguas Dulces, Uruguay, November 2016
Neighbor on the left: front third of house gone.

Aguas Dulces, Uruguay, November 2016
Neighbor on the right: no house anymore.

Aguas Dulces, Uruguay, November 2016
Gone.

Aguas Dulces, Uruguay, November 2016
Gone.

Aguas Dulces, Uruguay, November 2016
Gone.

Aguas Dulces, Uruguay, November 2016

Aguas Dulces, Uruguay, November 2016
Gone.

Aguas Dulces, Uruguay, November 2016
Gone.

Aguas Dulces, Uruguay, November 2016
Meet your new front yard.

Aguas Dulces, Uruguay, November 2016
People scurrying in and out — salvaging furniture?

Aguas Dulces, Uruguay, November 2016
Meet your new front yard.

Aguas Dulces, Uruguay, November 2016

Aguas Dulces, Uruguay, November 2016

Aguas Dulces, Uruguay, November 2016

Aguas Dulces, Uruguay, November 2016

Aguas Dulces, Uruguay, November 2016
Meet your new front yard.

Aguas Dulces, Uruguay, November 2016
Gone.

Aguas Dulces, Uruguay, November 2016
Meet your new front yard.

Aguas Dulces, Uruguay, November 2016
Meet your new front yard. Feel lucky.

Aguas Dulces, Uruguay, November 2016

Aguas Dulces, Uruguay, November 2016

No doubt a lot of people feeling this way. But dunes are built by wind and waves, moved and removed by winds and waves, and wind and waves have little regard for your desire to live with a view of wind and waves.

Aguas Dulces, Uruguay, November 2016

Meanwhile, the local “council” has suspended rubble cleanup after a court order. Seems they felt they could take into their own hands the destruction and removal of private buildings (on public land — ah, complicated).

The last big storm was 31 December, 1988. Expected storm surge is up to three meters. In this storm it was five meters above normal sea level.


Design Notebook

Aguas Dulces, Uruguay, November 2016


On a lighter note, some imaginative decorations of other buildings in Aquas Dulces.

Aguas Dulces, Uruguay, November 2016

Aguas Dulces, Uruguay, November 2016

Aguas Dulces, Uruguay, November 2016
The door on the right says NO ESTACIONAR — NO PARKING 😉

 

2 Replies to “Aguas Dulces after the storm”

  1. Sad but expected. Don’t understand why folks continue to build on dunes … dreaming? Finding it hard to even say “oh, sorry”.

  2. Your family and ours switched July-August in Quogue at Hazie’s, I think. In 1960 (Hurricane Donna aftermath?) ClaytFam did an excursion in The Motorboat with its 35 hp Evinrude engine, scouting Quantuck Bay, highlight of which was circumnavigating a three-story shingle-style cottage that had been wrested from the dunes to end up half-submerged at an angle, relatively intact, in the middle of the bay, many hundreds of meters away. Quite awesome.

    I think that same hurricane tore a new inlet into the bay through the dunes as well?

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