Rivers in seven counties are placed under a Code Red flood warning from Tuesday to Wednesday at noon, while watercourses in other 27 counties will be under Code Yellow and Code Orange warnings for flash flooding until midnight on Thursday, according to the National Institute of Hydrology and Water Management (INHGA).
According to hydrologists, until Wednesday at 12:00hrs there will be flash floods, increases in flows and levels, with possible exceedances of the defence levels on the rivers in the river basins of the Tisa – downstream sector entrance to the country; the Viseu and the Iza in Maramures county; the Somesul Mare – upper basin and tributaries middle and lower basin (Bistrita Nasaud county); the Suceava (Suceava County); the Moldova (the counties of Suceava and Neamt); the Bistrita – upstream the Izvorul Muntelui and tributaries (the counties of Suceava, Neamt, Harghita and Bacau); the Prut – upstream sector Stanca Costesti basin (Botosani County).
Dangerous hydrological phenomena are more likely to occur on some rivers in the counties of Suceava, Neamt and Botosani on Tuesday, between 09:00hrs and 00:00hrs.
At the same time, the hydrologists issued Code Yellow and Code Orange flood warnings until Thursday at midnight for rivers in 27 counties.
The targeted watercourses are: the Tisa, the Viseu, the Iza, the Tur, the Somes, the Crasna, the Ier, the Barcau, the Crisul Repede, the Crisul Negru, the Crisul Alb, the Mures, the Bega Veche, the Bega, the Timis, the Barzava, the Moravita, the Caras, the Nera, the Cerna, the Jiu, the Olt, the Arges, the Ialomita, the Siret, and the Prut, as well as rivers in Dobrogea.
The warnings have been sent to the Ministry of Environment, Waters and Forests, the General Inspectorate for Emergency Situations, the Romanian Waters National Administration, the Interior Ministry, the media, S.C. Hidroelectrica S.A. , and the Somes-Tisa, Crisuri, Mures, Banat, Jiu, Olt, Arges-Vedea, Buzau-Ialomiata, Siret, Prut-Barlad and Dobrogea-Litoral water basin administrations, Agerpres informs.
IGSU: Floods in 90 localities from 19 counties
The torrential downpours on Monday caused floods in 90 localities from 19 counties, with water entering 171 houses and hundreds of courtyards, cellars and basements.
According to the data sent on Tuesday by the Inspectorate General for Emergency Situations (IGSU), the most affected counties were Alba, Bihor, Caras-Severin, Harghita, Mures, Neamt and Suceava.
“As of last evening [Monday] until tomorrow at noon, a Code Red hydrological advisory for floods is in force on the rivers of the following river basins Tisa, Viseu, Iza, Somesul Mare, Suceava, Moldova, Bistrita and Prut, with the following northern counties of the country being targeted: Bacau, Botosani, Bistrita-Nasaud, Harghita, Maramures, Neamt and Suceava. In order to optimize the response missions in support of communities and local authorities, the IGSU ordered the supplementation of personnel and the intervention technique in the counties of Neamt and Suceava. The 16 small and high capacity motor pumps (9 sent in support in Suceava, and 7 in Neamt) are mobilised from the counties of Bacau, Salaj, Vaslui, as well as from the Ciolpani Special Emergency Intervention Unit,” the quoted source also shows.
The firefighters are ready to intervene with other 13 motor pumps (6 from Mures and 7 from Satu-Mare) to support the firefighters in the counties of Bistrita-Nasaud and Maramures.
Code Orange for storms valid for more than three quarters of Romania, extended until Wednesday night
The National Weather Administration (ANM) issued on Tuesday a new Code Orange for storms warning for more than three quarters of Romania, and a Code Yellow warning for atmospheric instability in 13 counties and Bucharest City, both valid until Wednesday night.
According to the forecast, between June 23, 10:00hrs – June 24, 02:00hrs, the Code Orange warning for bad weather will be in force in Moldova, Transylvania, Maramures, parts of Oltenia, Muntenia and Dobrogea, as well as the highlands, that entails spells of torrential downpours and precipitation in excess of 40 l/sq.m., up to 50- 0 l /sq.m.
There will also be intensifications of wind, storms, lightning and hail, especially in the east and southeast.
Also until Wednesday night, at 02:00hrs, a Code Yellow for temporarily heightened atmospheric instability will be valid, in the westernmost parts of the country and locally in the south of the country. In these areas, there will be spells of heightened atmospheric instability that includes frequent thunderstorms, torrential downpours, hail and high winds. Precipitation will exceed 20 – 25 l /sq.m. and, up to 40 – 50 l/sq.m.
Between June 24, 02:00hrs and June 25, at 10:00hrs, a Code Yellow warning for unstable weather will enter into force that will affect more than three quarters of the country. Thus, in the highlands, as well as in the north, centre, east and locally in the south of the country, there will be spells of enhanced atmospheric instability that includes frequent thunderstorms, torrential downpours, hail and high winds.
Precipitation will exceed 20 – 25 l /sq.m. up to 40 – 50 l /sq.m.
The warnings issued today will be updated to account for the latest weather developments.