Interior Affairs Minister, Radu Stroe says the traffic police are ready to temporarily close some roads, especially on Monday night, if the level of rainfall gets to a significant level.
Rainfall in the last 24 hours, and especially that announced for the next days, led to the meeting yesterday of the Emergency Situations Agency, at the Government headquarters, given that the capital as well as other eight counties are under code orange due to heavy rainfall. The meteorologists issued two warnings for code yellow of rainfall that concern, starting Sunday evening, the counties in the southern part of the country. On this occasion, the head of the National Meteorological Administration (ANM), Ion Sandu, announced that the rainfall will accumulate 60-70 liters/square meter in the counties under code yellow, while in the ones under code orange, the rainfall will exceed, cumulatively, 80 liters/square meter, the intensity of rainfall being of 5-6 liters/square meter/hour during the night and today in the afternoon. “Tomorrow afternoon (that is today, in the afternoon) the intense rainfall will move towards Ialomita, Braila, Tulcea and Constanta counties”, Sandu said quoted by Mediafax. The head of ANM stressed that there is no high probability to extend these warnings, and that possibly, today, the counties in the South-Western part of the country, Timis, Mehedinti and Caras, will be taken off the code yellow warning.
The delegate minister for Waters, Lucia Varga, announced, in turn, that authorities analyzed yesterday the possibility of declaring a code orange for floods, since problems caused by river tributaries can appear mainly in Bucharest, Constanta and Tulcea. She also said that smaller problems can appear in Teleorman and Calarasi. According to the warnings issued by the National Hydrology and Water Management Institute (INHGA), several rivers in the south-western part of the country were yesterday, from 3 a.m. to 6 p.m. under a code yellow warning for floods, the basins concerned being Timis, Barzava, Caras, Nera, Cerna and Jiu.
The Interior Affairs Minister, Radu Stroe, said that the traffic police are ready to temporarily close certain routes, especially on Monday night, if the level of rainfall gets to a significant level. Stroe drew attention to the fact that it is important to clean the gutters in the capital so that “we do not have a Venice in Bucharest”. According to the minister, until now only one route was blocked, in Fagaras, 9,000 policemen, out of which 7,000 public order officers and 2,000 traffic police officers, being ready to intervene. Also, the route DN7C- Transfagarasan was blocked yesterday, in Arefu, between two tunnels close to Vidraru dam, because of silt fallen off the slopes on the roadway.
Bad news from forectasters
According to the forecast published on the ANM site, rain will fall on extended area during the first days of the interval September 30 – October 13, 2013, while the thermal values will be under the climatologic average. In Muntenia, the weather will be especially cold during the first half of the interval, with maximum temperatures between 4 and 10 degrees and lows of 1-2 degrees. The weather will tend to warm up towards the end of this week, with maximum temperatures between 16 and 21 degrees, and lows of 6-8 degrees.
There will be cold and rain in the other regions of the country too. In Banat, the thermal values will be, on average, around 14 degrees, while the lows will close 0 degrees. The same situation will be in Crisana, Transylvania and Maramures, here the lows getting, during night, to 2 degrees C below zero. The estimate is carried out using the data from the European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts ECMWF) in Reading, UK.
The Prime Minister thinks of winter…
While the heavy rain of the last hours give headaches to the population as well as the authorities, PM Victor Ponta thinks about winter. So, Ponta said that there still are local administrations which have not signed any contract for the removal of snow off the roads during winter because the specialized companies no longer want to work for “small money” and be criticized, saying that this is the reason why they no longer find “clients”. “It is not too early, because in a short while it might be too late. I would like to see, during the following period, together with the CNADNR and with the County Councils presidents, how we’re preparing for winter”, Ponta said during the meeting of the Emergency Situation Agency. He also asked the Public Administration Minister, Liviu Dragnea, to discuss with the mayors about the heating in wintertime, so that they don’t ask for money from the Government, as they always do.