Heavy rainfall hit the municipality of Lagoa Vermelha in the state of Grande do Sul, southern Brazil, from late 01 March 2021. Strong winds and lightning were also reported.
Flooding damaged homes and roads. After carrying out initial assessments, the municipal government said at least 32 houses were severely damaged, some even destroyed, leaving families homeless. The municipality is considering declaring a state of emergency as a result of the damage.
Much of the damage was in the neighbourhood of Rodrigues. Centro, Gaúcha, Medianeira, Gentil and São Sebastião neighbourhoods were also badly affected.
Civil Defence reported rainfall totals of 112.2 mm in just two hours. Local observers suggested the rainfall was over 220mm. The city would see around 118 mm of rain during a typical February.
No início da noite desta segunda-feira (1/3), segundo dados da @salasituacao_rs em Lagoa Vermelha choveu 112,2mm em aproximadamente 2h. Isso equivale a 95% da climatologia de fevereiro que é de 118,1mm.
— Defesa Civil RS (@defesacivildors) March 2, 2021
TEMPO | Chuva muito intensa castiga Lagoa Vermelha, nos Campos de Cima da Serra, na noite desta segunda-feira. Vídeo de Luiz Caron. pic.twitter.com/ThedeT4mwr
— MetSul.com (@metsul) March 2, 2021