Photos circulating Weibo show that there is partial flooding in a tunnel on Shangzhong Road within the Inner Ring road here in Shanghai.
Updates state the flooding occurred at 2:45pm today, and the tunnel is currently blocked off by firetrucks as workers inside use pumps to clear the water.
It appears two days of rain is all it takes for Shanghai’s sewer system to buckle, at least in this particular location. Netizens are joking around for people to come “set sail,” but the flooding exposes a deep-seated problem of infrastructure currently facing China’s rapidly expanding cities.
It’s said that a city’s modernity can be tested via the complexity and effectiveness of its sewer systems — as it’s the effort put into infrastructure that is not seen everyday that’s important — and in this case it appears Shanghai is not quite up to par.
With a forecast expecting rain for the next week at least, it will be interesting to see where else these mini-floods crop up. Just remember, in the post-flood new world order, dirt is gold, and little girls with tattoos are priceless.