Roads in Houli, Taichung Closed due to Severe Flooding|后里聯外道路基掏空恐走山 已緊急封閉
The continuous heavy rain has brought flooding to the mountainous areas in Taichung. Cracks can be seen on the roads of Guangyi Lane and the foundation have been washed away, cutting off the area from outside roads. Aside from the possibility of landslides, the villagers are also worried that flooding will damage their home and orchards.
Mr. Lin is a farmer from the mountainous area of Houli District, Taichung City. He said he has been worried in the last couple of days since the continuous rain brought severe flooding, which could damage his orchard at any given point.
There wasn't a crack in this spot, this used to be a smooth slope. (What happened after the rain?) The ground turned out like this, I'm really scared seeing this.
In the nearby Guangyi Lane, there are cracks in the road measuring more than 100 meters in total. The road has seen uneven elevation, and the crack has widened to bigger than a person's palm, some parts of the road has even sunk. Despite having added cement to strengthen the road, the cracks are still widening. The local borough chief is worried that the road's bad condition has obviously caused a landslide.
Last morning, the crack was about 45-centimeter wide. And I just measured it again with my feet, it's gotten three times as wide. In the same spot, the crack is now 60-centimeter wide.
The local borough chief said that, the crack, which first appeared on August 16, has gone from 3-centimeter wide to 60-centimeter wide on August 20. This shows that the flooding has become increasingly severe. The floods have exceed the capacity of underground pipes. The water content of the soil has also reached a saturation point, and more rain could cause large-scale landslide. The city government said its staff workers have closed the road to ensure safety.
來到自己的果園，在后里山區務農多年的林先生，直說這幾天 可是非常擔心, 因為連日來的大雨，山區的土石不斷沖刷，自己的果園隨時可能不保。
農民 林先生表示：「本來這裡沒有裂縫，那就是順順的爬坡這樣。（那下過雨過後呢？) 就變成現在這樣呀！我自己看了都怕。」
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