Just hours before the US was set to face Germany in its vital Group G clash, torrential downpours littered Recife, causing significant delays for fans and media trying to make it to Arena Pernambuco. The game is scheduled for noon ET.
Reports suggest that there are up to two feet of standing water on streets, a result of the non-stop downpour in Recife.
Massive flooding in Recife pic.twitter.com/cPeNz5lVgg— Steven Goff (@SoccerInsider) June 26, 2014
Media and fans alike have tweeted out photos depicting the flooded scenes.
Feel for Recife citizens, who see billions spent on stadiums and no improvements in drainage infrastructure for rainstorms.
— Grant Wahl (@GrantWahl) June 26, 2014
Dozens of US fans abandoning vehicles and walking through torrential rain to stadium in Recife. 17 miles from here. pic.twitter.com/9rJdlMYrKg
— Ben Smith (@BenSmithBBC) June 26, 2014
— Telegraph Football (@TeleFootball) June 26, 2014
Good thing we brought life jackets... pic.twitter.com/0JM6dqxQOS
— Jeremy Schaap (@JeremySchaap) June 26, 2014
There is no chance that this rain storm hasn't water logged the field. Problem is nobody knows because not a single soul can get there.
— Taylor Twellman (@TaylorTwellman) June 26, 2014
Aside from the logistical nightmare, this will have a huge impact on Thursday's game as rain is generally seen as an equalizer while both teams try to navigate sloppy conditions.