Two fatalities and historical floods: the squall ‘Barra’ hits the north of the country | Society


The effects of the rainy season due to the storm ‘Barra’ continue to be felt in the north of the country and attention is now focused on the flooding of the Ebro, which has already left some flooding in Navarra and in some areas has reached extraordinary flood flows in the current episode.

Precisely in Navarra the lifeless body of a missing neighbor was found on Friday. The vehicle of a neighbor of Elizondo, who lost track when he was going to work, has been found submerged in the Baztán River, in Lesaka, and the firefighters of the Aquatic Rescue Group have been able to verify that it is inside , in the driver’s seat. Today, the strong current and low visibility have made the rescue unfeasible, which will take place tomorrow, Sunday.

This is the second fatality in Navarra during the storm that hit the north of Spain. A 49-year-old woman also died yesterday as a result of the detachment of the shed of a village in Sunbilla, one of the towns most affected by the rains.

Complicated situation in Castejón

However, the northern and central areas of Navarra are gradually recovering normality, although the situation is very different in La Ribera. In Castejón, the Ebro exceeds 2,244 cubic meters per second, and the Arga already exceeds historical records in towns such as Falces and Peralta, where it has flooded streets of the urban area, and almost entirely that of Funes. The latest forecasts from the Ebro Hydrographic Confederation indicate that the river registers an increase in flow and level that will be maintained in the next few hours.

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In fact, the maximum in this Navarrese municipality will not be “a fact of a few hours” but basically throughout Sunday, has indicated the head of Hydrology of the Ebro Hydrographic Confederation, María Luisa Moreno. For the moment, the Government of Navarra maintains the level 2 flood alert activated and has asked citizens to avoid unnecessary travel.

The storm causes overflows in the lower course of the Arga (Navarra). / Europapress

Lamdán does not rule out evictions in Aragon

In Aragon, the president of that community, Javier Lambán, has predicted a “huge” flood of the Ebro, which may be higher than in 2015 and does not rule out the occurrence of evictions from municipalities.

The protocols and preparation to face the extraordinary flood “work perfectly”, he assured, and he has the assistance of the Military Emergency Unit (UME), which has deployed 292 soldiers, 102 vehicles and a helicopter in the localities. Zaragoza from Novillas, Luceni, Alcalá de Ebro and Cabañas de Ebro.

In Zaragoza, the evolution of the extraordinary flood traffic is expected to reach maximum values, between 2,000 and 2,500 cubic m3 / s per second, during the night from Tuesday to Wednesday, according to the head of hydrology of the Ebro Hydrographic Confederation.

The flood will arrive there “quite flat” with a stabilization at maximum flow values ​​for practically a day or more, Moreno said.

In the Basque Country, the alert continues in Álava

In the Basque Country, the Special Plan for Flood Risk has been lowered, except for Álava, from an emergency phase to an alert phase. It is in Álava where concerns are now focused on the overflow of the Zadorra River, the rains and the discharge of the Ullibarri and Urrunaga reservoirs, which are already doing so at 135 cubic meters per second.

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Regarding the contribution of the reservoirs in this flood episode, especially in the Ebro Axis, those of Yesa and Toiz (Navarra) have each had inlets greater than 700 cubic meters per second, which has influenced that flows higher than 2,000 m3 / s are observed.

Floods in the Basque Country. / Getty

The rains subside this Sunday

Regarding the weather for tomorrow in these territories, the most affected by the storm, cloudy intervals are expected in the Basque Country, with probable morning mist and fog banks in high areas, decreasing to slightly cloudy with intervals of high clouds. Some weak precipitation is not ruled out on the eastern coast of Guipúzcoa at dawn. In Navarra, cloudy intervals are also expected, with probable morning mists and fog banks in the upper areas of the northern half that can be repeated at the end of the day, decreasing to slightly cloudy with a predominance of high cloud intervals. There will be a probability of weak rainfall in the early morning in the far north. In Aragon, intervals of low clouds are expected in the morning with mist and fog banks, tending in general to clear, except in areas of the Ebro valley and south of Huesca where low cloud cover could persist locally in the afternoon.

Likewise, the State Meteorological Agency (AEMET) expects the weather to stabilize this Sunday, when the rainfall will gradually subside although the coastal phenomena will put nine provinces at risk (yellow level), those of Galicia, the Cantabrian coast, Girona and Menorca , where the waves can reach 4 to 5 meters high.

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Specifically, it warns Pontevedra, A Coruña, Lugo, Asturias, Cantabria, Vizcaya and Guipúzcoa, as well as Girona, where the northwest wind will blow strongly and there will be waves of up to 3 meters, as in Menorca , with waves of 3 to 4 meters and where the wind will come from the north and with intervals of force. In the rest of the Peninsula, stable weather without rainfall will prevail.




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George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.

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