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The City Council establishes a special device for the yellow alert activated for tomorrow by the State Meteorological Agency (14/09/2018)

The City Council has prepared a special device before the yellow alert for heavy rains and storms activated by the State Meteorological Agency for tomorrow Saturday.

This special device is made up of different municipal services such as Local Police, Civil Protection, Fire, Traffic, Murcia Waters, Street Cleaning, Public Lighting and Parks and Gardens.

A total of 110 agents of the Local Police are alerted to activate the flood plan and act minimizing the possible effects if heavy rains occur.

In addition to the regular weekend service, there will be 80 agents to deal with possible incidents that could cause the rains from tomorrow, accounting for a total of 110 police officers.

The agents, depending on the experience in other episodes of rain, will establish different control points although they will pay special attention to Espinardo, Beniaján, Sangonera la Seca, Cabezo de Torres, Churra, La Alberca and Sangonera la Verde because these are the most affected when it rains.

To this, the 37 personnel envisaged in the Fire Guard personnel will be added.

They will also be part of this personal device of the services of Cleaning, Civil Protection, Parks and Gardens, Aguas de Murcia, Traffic and Industrial Services that will be added to the usual maintenance brigades if necessary.

What is intended with this plan is to intervene as quickly as possible and respond immediately to the requirements of the residents of the municipality to minimize the effects of possible heavy rains, establishing priority actions.

The Local Police will be in charge of coordinating the entire operative that has to act when a warning bulletin is received for adverse meteorological phenomenon from the State Meteorological Agency.

In addition, the Local Police deploy their troops in urban areas and districts to take the necessary measures to regulate and cut traffic, using fences and police tape.

Likewise, it is controlled that there are no incidents that endanger people and vehicles.

The Firemen are in charge, prioritizing the actions, of rescuing those people and drivers who are trapped in a flooded area, putting out fires in electrical lines, draining the water and draining flooded basins.

Civil Protection volunteers will form a checkpoint to collaborate with Local Police and Firemen in those situations that are necessary.

On the other hand, the Cleaning Services work in the elimination of water bags and puddles by means of vacuum machinery, placement of the displaced containers and cleaning of the drag caused by the rain.

The operators of the Park and Garden Service have already reviewed the large trees in those sensitive areas to anticipate possible falls of branches and cleaned the leaves and scuppers located in the gardens.

In addition, sand has been collected as an initial shock measure to avoid flooding in case of flooding.

Finally, Aguas de Murcia has already intensified the cleaning of scuppers in order to be operative so that they can safely evacuate the rainwater during the rainy episodes

The Local Police has established a decalogue with a series of tips so that citizens know how to act in the face of storms:

In the homes:

Avoid currents of air, because these attract the rays, close doors and windows in case of storm.

Unplug electrical appliances to prevent them from being damaged by a power surge or causing electric shock.

On the street:

The shelter of the buildings protects against the risk of discharges.

If traveling by road:

Moderate speed.

Stop in a place with sufficient visibility in both directions, leaving the fault or crossing lights on, if the virulence of the storm threatens safety.

In the event that a downpour catches you driving on the highway, do not drive through the sections that are flooded.

The force of the water can drag you when you float the vehicle.

Do not leave the vehicle.

Stay inside while the storm lasts with the windows closed.

During a storm in the field:

Leave the high parts of mountains, hills, hills and hills.

Leave the low areas of the valleys and walk on the slopes.

Do not take refuge under lonely and tall trees.

One of the best places to take refuge is the vehicle with the windows closed and antennas lowered.

Cyclists must leave the bicycle and get away from it.

Do not touch metal objects.

Move away from metal structures, fences and electric poles.

Source: Ayuntamiento de Murcia

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