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Storm on the Atlantic Coast: flooded streets, fallen trees and red alert – Télam

Courtesy of the Villa Gesell firefighters

Courtesy of the Villa Gesell firefighters

A This Wednesday rain and wind storm caused the flooding and breaking of streets and the fall of trees in the seaside resort of Villa Gesell, situation that also affected the towns of the party of La Costa, Necochea, Mar del Plata and surrounding areas.

Authorities of the different coastal districts, where an alert for heavy rains was still in effect with gusts issued by the National Meteorological Service (SMN), they recommended to neighbors and tourists not to leave their homes in case of new storms.

The storm was recorded with greater intensity from the early morning until the early hours of the morning, and the red alert, which was indicated for the first time in the country since the SMN’s early warning system was launched, continued in force during noon for the region, especially in Mar del Plata and Necochea.

Villa Gesell

Sources from the Municipality of Villa Gesell informed Télam that the rain started around 4 o’clock, and from 8 o’clock the heaviest rainfall and strong winds were recorded, lasting more than an hour, with the fall of 130 millimeters of water.

“There were many flooded streets that broke completely and cars that were trapped under water, and many trees fell on top of houses,” explained the head of local Civil Defense, Nahuel D’Aquila.

He also pointed out that together with staff from the Voluntary Firefighters and the provincial Civil Defense, who added four mobiles, they carried out tasks in the most affected sectors, such as promenades 136 and 139, in the first blocks from the waterfront.

Courtesy of the Villa Gesell firefighters

Courtesy of the Villa Gesell firefighters

Gesellino Firefighters sources indicated that “people are recommended not to leave their homes in the event of new storms,” ​​and D’Aquila specified that the alert was still in force.

“At the moment we did not have any problems with injured people and we continue to receive calls for various inconveniences. We will continue the alert and during the afternoon we will see how the situation continues,” said the community official.

Coast Party

The mayor of the Partido de la Costa, Cristian Cardozo, asked residents and tourists to “circulate as little as possible” due to the storm, which reached the districts of the Atlantic Coast, and the center and south of the province of Buenos Aires.

“It was a very strong storm that has hit the region, we ask all those who are in the area to circulate as little as possible until the water drops,” said the communal chief in dialogue with the C5N signal today.

The storm with intense electrical activity caused the fall of trees and damage in towns such as Brandsen, Dolores, Laprida, General Madariaga and Castelli, where the meteorological alert remained this afternoon.

“The fall of the water towards the beach sector was very intense, the area was affected, 50 millimeters rained in the Partido de la Costa. The day will continue unstable, but tomorrow an improvement in the weather situation is expected,” added the Mayor.

However, Cardozo pointed out that, in other cities towards the interior of the province “the rains were more intense, with drops of up to 250 or 270 millimeters” in a few hours, with gusts of wind, hail and electrical activity, and the water was “parked” generating inconveniences.

Due to the red alert, it was recommended to stay away from coastal and riverine areas, disconnect electrical devices, avoid driving through flooded streets, know the evacuation places and elevated sites, communicate with local emergency agencies in case someone is affected by this phenomenon , and always have an emergency backpack with a flashlight, radio, documents and telephone ready.

Mar del Plata

In Mar del Plata, on the other hand, there was a roof blasting, trees falling and some sectorized power cuts and flooded streets, the head of local Civil Defense, Rodrigo Goncalvez, told Télam.

“As the hours go by, and within the framework of the operation that is implemented in these cases, where the rain is cruel to the city and neighboring towns, we are working with the crews to solve the problems that arise,” he said.

Goncalvez added: “We know of some very specific power cuts where EDEA is already working, but it is something that is changing as the hours go by.”

He also specified that in Mar del Plata there were no reports of evacuees or self-evacuees, although in that sense the mayor, Guillermo Montenegro pointed out -in dialogue with C5N- that the Municipality was working to intervene in the neighborhoods in case it was necessary to deploy this Type of assistance.

Courtesy of the Villa Gesell firefighters

Courtesy of the Villa Gesell firefighters


For his part, the director of Civil Defense of Necochea, Augusto Fulton, told Télam that despite the heavy rains that hit that city since night, there were “no major inconveniences.”

“Last night we were with some road machines working in specific areas, where the water had accumulated, so that it could drain, and prevent it from entering the houses,” he explained.

He also specified that “although the bad weather is expected to continue until tomorrow, at the moment there are no major drawbacks.”

“For now we have not had roof blasting, or falling trees or poles. We know that when there is a weather alert the situation can change, but so far it is normal within the framework of the rainy season,” he said.

Courtesy of the Villa Gesell firefighters

Courtesy of the Villa Gesell firefighters

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