Posted by: Idioma Extra | October 11, 2010

Monday´s news

Pedestrians will get a bridge in stream-ravaged Salitral


Public works officials are hoping to install a pedestrian bridge this week in Barrio Los Montoya in Salitral de Santa Ana. This is where flooding prompted by a landslide in the mountains wiped out a bridge.

Residents have had to wade the Quebrada Canoa. Now that the water level has decreased, there are wooden planks that form a sort of bridge. But this will not last if there is more rain. The Ministerio de Obras Públicas y Transportes plans something more secure with handrails.

The problem developed when a side of the Cerro Chitaría collapsed and the rock, trees and mud entered the waterway. The trees would form an impromptu dam, and water would build up behind it. Then the blockage would rupture sending a strong flow of water downstream. Houses were flooded out, and transportation was hampered.

For several days residents have been wading the stream hoping that there was not more water on its way. Some took off their shoes. Others carried children and seniors.

The proposed bridge will connect the upper part of the community with the rest of the world.

Word of the Day
Pronunciation: \pə-ˈdes-trē-ən\
Origin: Latin pedestr-, pedester, literally, going on foot, from ped-, pes foot — more at foot
First Known Use: 1716
1: commonplaceunimaginative
2 a: going or performed on foot b: of, relating to, or designed for walking <a pedestrian mall>

More Vocabulary
Blockage: n. to hold back; hinder; impede
Hamper: v. to hold back; hinder; impede
Impromptu: n. suddenly or hastily prepared or made; improvised
Wade: v. to walk in water, when partially immersed

Love those Phrasal Verbs!

Wipe out: to destroy completely; demolish

  • The entire city was wiped out.

Build up: to develop or increase

  • We will have to work assiduously if we want to build up the department sales, otherwise we will see the precarious results at the end of the year.

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