Strange Natures: The haunted floodplains of San Felipe

by Jorge Losoya

My own hometown is no stranger to disastrous floods. The community of San Felipe in Del Rio, Texas continues to be haunted by the flood of 1998. These artworks are my attempt to visualize the way floodplains are haunted by past and future floods.

Although the landscape may not be flooded in the moment, those who have experienced them can see the specters of the floods. These ghosts manifest for communities that repeatedly flood. They exist in the memories, stories, and nightmares of the community.

My artwork also visualizes the grassroots attempts to exercise the land of the floods. By taking action in disaster recovery and mitigation, communities enact measures to dispel the haunting of the flood and increase their resilience.

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This article is part of our season on Strange Natures.

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