back to top

Flash Floods Submerge Sochi, Russia's Winter Olympic City

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

Posted on

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.

The dumpsters were the first to go.

Traffic fell to a standstill.

Rescuers boated through the streets to evacuate vulnerable residents.

Sochi's airport was hit hard.

Trains, too, fell to a halt.

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

One guy went for a leisurely paddle.

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

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

Sochi Airport! Hot, cool, yours!

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

Got a confidential tip? Submit it here.