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IGSU: More than 2,800 military firefighters have acted after the heavy rains. Seven counties, Bucharest included, have been affected

More than 2,800 military firefighters have acted starting from Saturday in order to fulfil the missions aimed at limiting and removing the consequences caused by the dangerous hydro-meteorological phenomena, according to a press release issued by the General Inspectorate for Emergency Situations (IGSU) on Sunday morning.

According to the quoted source, the bad weather of this period caused damages in Bucharest and in 12 localities in seven counties: Arges, Calarasi, Constanta, Dambovita, Giurgiu, Ilfov and Prahova.

“The firefighters of the inspectorates for emergency situations have acted in order to remove water from 12 yards and three basements flooded by rains. They also intervened with heavy extrication facilities in order to remove 12 trees and a billboard smitten by the strong wind” according to IGSU.

The quoted source mentioned that until this moment, no cases or situations in which people’s lives were put in danger or which involved preventive evacuation measures have been announced.

The firefighters in Bucharest acted in this period in order to remove six trees that fell on the road and the water from a flooded basement. They also acted in the Ilfov County to remove the water from DN1 in the area of Otopeni, and the situation is remedied at this moment.

As for the power supply, damages were reported in the localities of Bistrita and Orsova, Mehedinti County, and technical crews went in the field to remedy the situation.

“Given that dangerous meteorological phenomena are expected in the coming period of time, we recommend people to shelter in their houses or in other places that ensures their protection during the strong wind. Also, in order to diminish the possible damages caused by storms, cars should be parked in protected places, away from trees or electricity pillars”, warns the Inspectorate.

The National Meteorological Administration (ANM) issued on Sunday new meteorological warnings of code orange and code yellow of heavy rains, strong wind and snowfalls and blizzard in the mountains.

The biggest snow layer in the country, namely 82 centimeters, was recorded on Sunday afternoon at the Omu Peak, in Bucegi Mountains, according to the meteorologists. Because of the snowfalls, the road workers have already scattered until that moment 16 tons of anti-slip material on the road. According to the warnings, the weather will continue to be cold and significant rainfalls will be recorded.

Policemen advise drivers to adjust their speed to the weather conditions and to observe the road signs and the temporary restrictions. They also recommend them to endow their cars for winter traffic if they have to transit the mountain areas which are affected by snowfalls in this period.

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