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Several streets in St. Petersburg were flooded after a heavy rain

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Yuriy Zinchuk,host:

«We begin with an event which everyone knew of. And you did not evenhave to watch TV or go online. Just the case when everyone knows about it – because it literallyfell from the sky.

I’m talking about the heavy rains which became yet another test for the city’s utilities servicesand defaced our streets for a period of time. Again. We have alleviated the threat of floodshaving built a dam, but the rains had other ideas. St. Petersburg has always been fighting thenatural disasters. The rain was so hard, that even the Avtovo metro station was flooded.Fortunately, without consequences and not affecting train schedules.

Many cafes and restaurants were shut down on this day – because many of them are situatedeither on the first floor or below the ground. Taxi drivers surged their prices three-fold. And, yetagain, many have noted that our city’s sewage system failed to cope with so much rainfall.

According to specialists, this is because the rain drainage system in use now was created back inthe early1980’s Leningrad. And it relied on open ground – where water could drain naturally.But since then, the city has grown. While the open ground has diminished. New residential blocswere built atop those and concrete laid over. That’s why the drainage system is catastrophicallyoutdated and needs to be rebuilt.

St. Petersburg casually survived this rain. “Raining today in St. Petersburg” is the kind of phrasewe are well used to. And, as Daniil Granin wrote, “all can change in this city – tsars, leaders,epochs and fashion. All. Except one. These typical, grey and frequent Leningrad rains – fallinginto the rivers and the canals”. Rain is not “bad weather” for us. It is part of our lives. Aneveryday part – like Letniy Garden, fish, drawn bridges, the Hermitage and Fontanka river».

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