Risk of flooding from River Tagus in Santarem area

By TPN/Lusa, in News · 20-12-2019 17:20:00 · 0 Comments

The Santarém District Civil Protection Commission (CDOS) on Friday raised its emergency plan for flooding in the Tagus River Basin to yellow level, due to the considerable increase in water levels and flows in the River.

In a communiqué, the District Command of Santarém stated that the rise in the flows of the Tagus River, especially from Spain and the Ocresa River, caused by the rainfall that has been felt in Portugal and Spain, makes the likelihood of flooding in the region high.

The note stated that, since 11 p.m. on Thursday, the flows into the River Tagus are above 1,500 cubic metres, and it is likely that, if the current situation continues, it could reach 2,900 cubic metres per second in Almourol throughout the day.

"In the next few hours there is a high probability of flooding," the statement said.

CDOS Santarém recommends people in areas at risk to remove agricultural, industrial equipment, vehicles and other goods, to take animals to safe places, not to cross flooded areas and to stay informed.

The passage of the Elsa depression, in displacement from north to south, has caused two deaths, one disappearance and left 70 people homeless.


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