The President of the Spanish Government, Pedro Sánchez, announced this morning that the Council of Ministers will declare this week to Navarra as a natural disaster area by the floods of the last days.
The Government of Navarra announced yesterday its intention to request the declaration of an emergency zone due to the consequences of the flood, which, in addition to damage to infrastructure and crops, has cost the lives of two people in the Autonomous Community.
Faced with this situation, the President of the Government of Navarra, Maria Chivite, this afternoon held a meeting with the mayors of the 74 municipalities affected by the floods, to announce the decision to promote a package of acomplementary debts, which will soon be approved with the declaration of Navarra as a catastrophic zone.
At the meeting, held by videoconference, Chivite highlighted the aid lines that the executive has launched these days for the Navarran towns that have been affected by the storm and how today the declaration of an emergency zone has been requested, to through a formal letter that they have sent to Pedro Sánchez.
Within the Local Infrastructure Plan, an emergency line has been established, budgetary open, for damage to urban infrastructures and it has been announced that work will be carried out on exemptions as the urban contribution for the affected assets.
Likewise, as reported by the Regional Executive, the president has indicated that she is considering and working with the Treasury to “make a specific regulation to articulate extraordinary aid”.
Chivite has reminded the municipal representatives that Navarra has an item for agricultural insurance endowed with 3.5 million, and others to attend emergencies within the field of agriculture and livestock.
People affected by the floods can call the Navarra Government Consumer telephone number from Monday (848427733) from 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. to obtain advice on how to proceed with the damage suffered to your property.
For example, numerous orchards in the Ribera have been under water, spoiling almost all of the broccoli or cauliflower crops.
Low flow, but problems remain
Despite decreasing the flow and level of the rivers, difficulties persist in some of the most affected localities. According to the Provincial Executive, two schools, in Pamplona and San Adrián, have not been able to open their doors today, while the Official School of Languages of Tudela It has resorted to online classes, and the students residing in Cabanillas and Fustiñana have not been able to travel to their educational centers due to the flooding of the roads.
From the early hours of this Monday, the Tudela City Council has reopened both the Paseo de Pamplona and the bridge over the Ebro River to traffic, which at 08:00 hours had a flow of 2322 cubic meters per second, and which is having a decrease slow.
In Mendavia, at that same time, the height of the Ebro river had dropped 2.1 meters from the maximum and has gone from the situation of advance notice to that of normality.
As for the Ega, in Andosilla 2.4 meters in height were measured this morning, almost half that of Saturday (2.2 meters less) and 109 m3 / s, values corresponding to the normal situation.
The Arakil River remains on alert level in the Urdiain stations, with a downward trend; the Larraun in Irurtzun (stable trend) and the Ebro both in Castejón as in Tudela, in both cases with a decreasing trend.
In addition, the cleaning and debris removal work continues in San Adrián, where a large part of whose urban area was under water as a result of the overflowing of the Ega river. Both the health center and the schools damaged by the flood remain closed, as do some of the municipal offices.
The drop in level and flow means that no more water reaches the flooded areas of the plain, despite which they will remain flooded for several days, especially in places where the protection motes were overcome by the avenue and now prevent the return of water to the river bed.
At these points it is necessary to wait for evaporation and filtration to gradually reduce the damming.
This circumstance will prolong the traffic cut in Castejón on the N-113 road, as well as the accesses to Ribaforada, Fustiñana and Cabanillas.
After the Almandoz tunnel on the N-121-A (Pamplona-Behovia) reopened to traffic this morning, during daytime and with speed limits, the N-113 is the only road closed due to the storm on the main network .
In secondary school there are about twenty sections cut off or with alternative passage due to snowfall, landslides and floods, so it is advisable to check the status of the road network on the Government of Navarra traffic website.
The Government of Navarra and the municipalities call on citizens to behave in a responsible manner and avoid reckless behavior that could lead to risky situations, for example going to flooded agricultural areas.
Twenty people evacuated from their homes in the Old Town of Tudela
Tudela is also trying to regain normalcy after the flood that forced twenty people to evacuate from their homes in the Old Town to relocate them to a hotel in the city.
Of the twenty streets that were flooded by water, this Monday only Verjas, Huerto del Rey, Miguel Servet and part of San Julián were still flooded by the rising Ebro.
The dirt car park located next to the Ribotas sports facilities and the Paseo del Prado is also still flooded by water.
The river level continues to drop and at 1:00 p.m. the instant measurement system of the Ebro Hydrographic Confederation registered 2,142 cubic meters per second, practically 800 cubic meters per second less than yesterday at two in the afternoon, when it reached its peak. maximum.
After the Ebro bridge was opened to traffic early this morning, the Local Police reported that circulation was also completely restored on the Paseo de Pamplona after completing the cleaning work.
In this place, as in others, merchants and neighbors were busy cleaning establishments and garages to regain the normal rhythm of life, while insurance experts have begun to make the first visits to the affected areas of the Old Town to check the damage. that has caused this extraordinary avenue of the Ebro river.
All the affected residents have agreed to point out that they have not seen a flood of such magnitude, with the water reaching more than one and a half meters in height in some areas of the Old Town.
Lastly, both the Paseo del Cristo and the Verjas, Portal and Fosal streets have been opened to the circulation of vehicles and pedestrian traffic.
George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.