During the months between December and March, the Rain season brings unimaginable amounts of rain to different regions of Bolivia and affection appear everywhere. The Senda Verde wildlife refuge is no exception, we are located at the bottom of the river valley and we are quite prone to flooding.
“It hasn’t stopped raining for a month” is one the comments we get from friends in Bolivia. A neighborhood flooded in Tiquipaya, Cochabamba and many other places in the country are headlines that we see on the news, the rain is intense.
“Have you flooded yet?” was my very direct question to the Senda Verde personnel, wanting to know if they’ve suffered affections from the recent January downpour. “The Coroico municipality has cleansed the river sediments 500 meters above Yolosa and that sediment has deposited where we are, further downriver” is the report we get from Vicky Ossio. “The bear bridge almost goes down because the Cedro Mayo river has also swollen, we were almost on time to save it, we had to pay 30 hours of an excavator to save the bridge”.
The sediment carried by the river was taken out to help channel it and avoid flooding and that material was used to enlarge and improve the parking area for La Senda Verde. Luckily no one has been hurt and there are no damages yet reported from the recent rain activity. Here’s the story in photos.