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Haleh Hajrasouliha
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Cars, rocks, and people were floating on the water like little toys in the circle, toward the little market at the south end of the circle. The height of the water was almost to the top of the trees.

 

A Flood in Teheran

Haleh Hajrasouliha from Iran

A few years ago, my friend and I were walking at noon on a street near my home in a northern section of Teheran. This area is called Tajrish and is well known because it is a beautiful boulevard that connects two major traffic circles. It is located at the bottom of a high mountain.

That day, the sun was shining in the sky, but the weather suddenly changed. As we were walking between the two circles, it started raining very hard. We started to cross the boulevard to get to the second circle. It was raining so hard that we decided to go inside a restaurant instead.

Ten minutes later, as we were looking outside the window, we saw that everyone was running away from something scary. At first, we did not know what was going on. We went outside the restaurant to see what was happening. People seemed shocked.

A huge flood was streaming down the mountain. We were standing on a street with higher elevation, so we could see everything. We were scared. Cars, rocks, and people were floating on the water like little toys in the circle, toward the little market at the south end of the circle. The height of the water was almost to the top of the trees.

After a few minutes, the flood's flow was reduced. We decided to leave the area before the water entered the street we were on. My friend and I returned to work. When I arrived there, I called home to find out if the rest of my family was safe. I found out that my older brother had not returned home from shopping in the morning. We were very worried because he had been missing for several hours.

Finally, later that night, we found him at a hospital near the flooded area. He was injured, but fortunately, his injuries were not very serious. His head was cut on the back of his skull.

That day, approximately 300 people were killed or disappeared. The flood destroyed a big area. Later, we found out that a dam had broken as the rain started. I was so happy and thanked God for returning my brother to my family. This occurrence has strengthened my faith.


Look Book This story was selected from Julia Karet's ESL writing project at Chaffey Community College: The Look Book Project.


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