Hurricane Iota Brings Inches of Floodwater to Historic Cartagena

Hurricane Iota flooded the historic walled Old Town of Cartagena, Colombia, on November 14, according to reports.

Karoll Pineda originally posted this video to Twitter.

Pineda told Storyful this area of Cartagena – a UNESCO World Heritage Site and popular tourist destination – has had problems with flooding recently. In 2019 three days of storms devastated the city.

“It’s important to know that the situation in this place is under control,” he said. “But it happens when it rains in the city. It’s a recurrent problem here.”

In a video posted to Twitter, the Mayor of Cartagena, William Dau, reported that, “70% of the city is flooded and all care agencies are attentive.”

Unidad Nacional para la Gestión del Riesgo de Desastres, or The National Unit for Disaster Risk Management, have responded with aid to the area. As of November 16, the Institute of Hydrology, Meteorology and Environmental Studies Colombia have upgraded Hurricane Iota to a Category 5 hurricane. Credit: Karoll Pineda via Storyful