A little while ago I found some pictures of Gwangju Stream (광주천) swollen from the rain, and when I was downtown for something else I walked over to see how things looked a few days later.
First I just tried to find before-after pictures on the internet, but couldn't find any of the bridge you'll see in the news photographs. I think that's because I was looking in the wrong direction; though I'd been to the stream many times, it wasn't until last week that I noticed it flows southeast to northwest into the Yeongsan River. I assumed it flowed in the opposite direction, so I was looking at the opposite end of Yangdong Market on the map. Anyway, here's what turned up in the papers on the 16th (1, 2, 3, 4, 5):
Those were taken from the north side of Yangdong Market. Here's what I took last Monday and Tuesday. Blogging is very time-consuming, and photo posts take the longest to put together, hence the long delay. I took two days' worth of pictures because when I came back on Monday night I noticed the ones I took didn't match up well against what was in the paper, so I tried again on Tuesday. Unfortunately for me, it rained a lot on Monday night, bringing the river up a little. However, you can still appreciate how high the stream was, considering it's usually little more than a creek.
The parking lot and sidewalk under the market is one of the creepier places in the city. On Monday there were still large puddles and signs of the swollen river.
The next few pictures are of the flooded area we saw in those first pictures.
On Monday I took a few pictures from the middle of the stream by walking across the slabs that are there for pedestrians. On Tuesday, though, that was impossible.
A few more pictures in my Flickr gallery. I also walked around Yangdong Market for the first time and was pleasantly surprised. I also found some information about unqualified, low-quality domesticated animals that the Ministry of Justice might be interested in.