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The City Council of Cartagena activates the pre-emergency in the face of warnings of high winds and rainfall (11/09/2019)

The City Council of Cartagena has activated the Municipal Emergency Plan in its pre-emergency phase before the warnings of the State Meteorological Agency (AEMET) of strong winds, waves and rains in the municipality of Cartagena.

Specifically, on Wednesday there is a yellow warning for wind gusts until 9 pm that could reach 70 kilometers per hour and with waves up to 3 and 4 meters high.

But the expected forecasts are expected for Thursday due to heavy rainfall, wind and storms.

There is an orange warning between zero and six in the morning, and another red warning from that hour until six in the morning on Friday, with rains of up to 70 liters in one hour and up to 200 in 12 hours.

During this pre-emergency phase, Firefighters personnel are located while the Civil Protection municipal service will patrol roads, headwaters of the ravine and conflict points, to alert of any type of incident that may occur.

The Department of Infrastructure has located the necessary personnel to have a truck and shovels available to remove obstacles from public roads.

There are also several Hydrogea trucks for sewer cleaning and personnel for pumping and remote control of the sanitation network, as well as personnel and facilities of the Lhicarsa cleaning concession company.

For its part, the Department of Social Services has reinforced its action protocol for the care of homeless people and groups in situations of residential exclusion.

Through it, alternatives will be sought to those people and families that may be exposed to a risk, for not having adequate accommodation, through coordination with the entities that form the Homeless Working Group: Accem, La Huertecica , Hospitality Santa Teresa, Red Cross and Caritas.

It is a protocol that is activated throughout the year, but which is especially reinforced when there is any adverse weather action, such as cold, heat or torrential rains.

As will be remembered for a few days, prevention tasks are being carried out in the face of the arrival of the cold drop, cleaning and conditioning the riverbeds.

Also from this same department a special cleaning has been ordered during these days in the areas of Paseo Alfonso XIII, Reina Victoria, Ángel Bruna and Juan de la Cosa to remove the leaves that the strong wind has pulled from the trees and that could cause traffic jams in the sewers of the sewers.

Likewise, instructions have been given to the Hidrogea concessionaire that has inspected and cleaned the sewerage network and the pits of the screeners, as well as corroborated the correct operation of the pumping stations and the sewage treatment plants to avoid spills.

The concessionaire carries out maintenance work throughout the year on the sewerage network, which intensifies in the months prior to the rainy season.

One of the main evacuation problems occurs at this time due to the fall of woodland leaves.

This is the main cause of obstruction of the sinks of various areas, hence the special street cleaning that has been carried out by Lhicarsa.

In the 64 pumping stations available to the municipal network, it is the wipes that generate the main obstructions and breakdowns.

For the orange alert Hidrogea has prepared sewer cleaning trucks, personnel brigades with light vehicles to attend to possible warnings that may arise and the organized review of the runoff evacuation routes, as well as electromechanical brigades to handle the remote control stations And the pumping.

POPULATION ADVICE

From Local Police, Fire and Civil Protection will be attentive to the evolution of this cold drop forecast and the usual recommendations have been issued to the population, such as:

Stay informed at all times through the media and official sources

If possible, do not leave the house.

Close doors and windows, mainly those facing outside, leaving one open on the side opposite to the wind, to avoid the pressure that originates.

Store or secure all outdoor objects that can be dragged by the wind (awnings, pots, etc.)

Do not protect yourself with tapias, trees, to avoid the danger of landslides and falls.

Do not work at height, without proper protections.

Place all toxic products at home, out of reach of water

Clean the roof, downspouts and sinks of any accumulation of leaves or soil, which hinders the passage of water to the sewer

Have a flashlight, radio and batteries on hand

Remove from the outside of the house, everything that can be dragged

Do not park or camp in dry channels, or on the river bank

Avoid driving on roads near riverbeds or crossing bridges where the water runs, before a possible flood

Never cross flooded places by car even if you know your route perfectly, move your vehicle along a flooded road or cross a bridge hidden by the water, since the force of the water could drag the vehicle and even the road may be out of order

If the vehicle is submerging in the water and encounters difficulties in opening the door, exit through the windows without wasting time.

Source: Ayuntamiento de Cartagena

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