The Great San Pancho Flood of 2010
On September 4-5, 2010, between 8 pm and 4 am, somewhere between 6 and 10 inches of rain fell on Puerto Vallarta and the Bay of Banderas – causing major flooding and destruction throughout the area.
In San Pancho, the torrential rains washed out the only bridge connecting the village with the outside world. The village was isolated as raging waters and floating debris made crossing the arroyo impossible. The events of those days and their aftermath were immortalized in a number of YouTube videos.
Heavy Rains Sweep Away Bridge at San Pancho, Mexico
A temporary pedestrian bridge was erected on September 5th, but that was washed away on the 6th. For a time, the only way to enter or leave the village was either by boat or on a zip-line.
San Pancho Bridge Collapse and Flooding
Eventually, another temporary footbridge was built and this was used to haul in supplies. Everything from garafons of drinking water, tanks of gas, and bricks for construction had to pass over this narrow bridge on people’s backs.
San Pancho Supplies
Once the waters had slowed down a bit, a steel pedestrian bridge was installed slightly downriver from the collapsed bridge. For weeks, cars and trucks had to ford the river – definitely not a prospect for the faint of heart.
A new bridge was built and the steel pedestrian bridge was moved to the end of Calle El Salvador where it now sits, connecting the village with the new residential communities springing up in and around Hacienda San Pancho. And tales of the Great San Pancho Flood of 2010 are still told to incredulous listeners to this day.
You can read more about the deluge at Candice’s blog, San Pancho Vida.
How about you? Were you around for the Great San Pancho Flood? Share your memories and comments in the form below – we’d love to hear them!