Puerto Nuevo: Communities Along the Coast Begin to Rebuild
Puerto Nuevo is the second to last community in Tecoluca before land ends and you take a boat through the estuary out to sea. The roaring Lempa River is less than one kilometer from Puerto Nuevo. A small offshoot of the river runs closer to the community. Today, it is a calm stream. But a week ago, the Lempa River more closely resembled the sea as it rushed through communities, leaving destruction in its path.
About fifty yards from the water’s edge, a two-meters high wall of earth makes up the levee. Just on the other side of the levee are fields, small coconut and mango orchards, and then homes.
Puerto Nuevo is one of the hundreds of rural communities in El Salvador affected by the massive rains and flooding of October 2011. The community just up the road, Santa Marta, was the first to flood in Tecoluca. When Santa Marta flooded on the first day of the storm as the river broke through the levee, the road to Puerto Nuevo became impassable. From that day on, Puerto Nuevo had no access to the outside world. Read More »