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Flash Floods Submerge Sochi, Russia's Winter Olympic City

The Biblical images put an ironic twist on Sochi's Olympic slogan — "Hot, Cool, Yours!"

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Flash floods hit Sochi, the southern Russian city on the Black Sea that hosted last year's Winter Olympics, on Thursday, submerging large parts of town and cutting out most transportation.

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The dumpsters were the first to go.

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Traffic fell to a standstill.

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Rescuers boated through the streets to evacuate vulnerable residents.

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Sochi's airport was hit hard.

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Trains, too, fell to a halt.

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Some people tried to make the most of the inclement weather.

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One guy went for a leisurely paddle.

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Other people relied on good old Russian ingenuity to get around town.

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For some, the flood brought a wry twist to the Sochi Olympic slogan — "Hot, Cool, Yours!"

Sochi Airport! Hot, cool, yours! https://t.co/5FG1eo0K7b

Let the memes begin.

Max Seddon is a correspondent for BuzzFeed World based in Berlin. He has reported from Russia, Ukraine, Azerbaijan and across the ex-Soviet Union and Europe. His secure PGP fingerprint is 6642 80FB 4059 E3F7 BEBE 94A5 242A E424 92E0 7B71

Contact Max Seddon at max.seddon@buzzfeed.com.

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