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Mexico's flooded border city returns to normal: official

07-15-2010 14:36 BJT

MEXICO CITY, July 14 (Xinhua) -- Nuevo Laredo, a city in Mexico's northern state Tamaulipas, is recovering as daily necessities are being shipped in after more than 10 days of being isolated by the flood, the city's head of public works said Wednesday.

In a telephone interview with Xinhua, Mario Alberto Salinas Falcon said the city government had worked with authorities in Anahuac, a city entirely flooded, to reopen a bridge on the Nuevo Laredo-Anahuac highway.

"We asked them for permission to reopen the bridge which was not damaged during the flood," he said.

On Monday night, 150 light trucks hauling badly-needed daily necessities lined up, waiting for crossing the bridge into Nuevo Laredo, some of them carrying fresh produce and emergency aid for the flood-hit Mexican people.

"By last night (Tuesday night) 70 trucks carrying food items and other daily necessities had crossed the bridge," Salinas said.

Although he did not say when the city would return to normal, Salinas stressed that city officials were working around the clock in the affected neighborhoods, helping residents to clean up and bringing in heavy lifting equipment where necessary.


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