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May 18, 2022

Storm wreaked havoc in Bucharest

Several trees were downed during a Bucharest storm that lasted a mere 30 minutes on Saturday, streets were deluged and a gas pipe cracked, luckily without a blast taking place. The powerful wind pulled off several building rooftops. The storm slowed down vehicle traffic in several areas, as the sewer system was unable to cope with the downpour. The gusty wind blew at 70 km/h, and hail, too, fell in some areas.
The Pache Protopopescu Blvd was flooded in the Iancului area.  Problems arose at University Square and Rossetti area as well. Deputy Mayor Marcel Nicolaescu told Romania TV that uprooted trees posed the greatest challenge, as they obstructed streets, and gully holes: “Fortunately, there are no victims, only damaged cars, flooded junctions, yet, within two hours, Bucharest will look normally. Traffic is quite slow, traffic police is on the ground. It’s good it happened on a Saturday evening, since traffic is light.”
Districts 2 and 3 were the hardest hit, according to Bucharest Inspectorate for Emergency Situations (ISU) spokesman Daniel Vasile, who said: “Several 112 calls were received after the storm, the bulk of which from districts 2 and 3. Most of them regarded clearing the streets off fallen trees.”
ISU Bucharest announced that it got 250 calls between 5.00 pm and 7.00 pm, and sent 17 special vehicles at various scenes in Bucharest’s six districts aimed at taking 11 trees of streets and two electricity poles downed by the storm. Several cars were damaged.
Also, many streets were deluged, and Apa Nova crews went in the field to make sure gully holes were fully operational, Epsica Chiru, Apa Nova assistant general manager, told Romania TV.

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