The mayor of Concordia visited flooded areas and warned that “difficult days are coming”

The mayor of Concordia visited flooded areas and warned that “difficult days are coming”
The mayor of Concordia visited flooded areas and warned that “difficult days are coming”

Saturday 11.5.2024

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The mayor of Concordia, Francisco Azcué, was touring this Saturday, May 11, the areas affected by the rising of the Uruguay River.

After notifying some homes that the evacuation operation would begin, he visited the area of ​​​​the railroad tracks, where the residents of this sector of Concordia spend their days near their homes in wagons that were provided by Trenes Argentinos.

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“I want to convey peace of mind to the population, to rest assured that we are working throughout the territory with the emergency committee, touring the evacuee centers and we are seeing that the situation is controlled in that sense,” Azcué explained.

In relation to the families who are evacuated in the cars located on the tracks, he said that “work is being done with them in relation to electrical installations, chemical toilets and food.”

“I want to ask you to go to official sources to seek information, that in the event of any emergency or request, call 103, which is the only number that is being operated by the fire station. We are available 24 hours a day,” he added.

Projections

Regarding the behavior of the river in the next few hours, the municipal president said: “Let’s be cautious, long-term projections lose certainty, so we are going to report day by day. “There are three very difficult days ahead where a significant flow of water is expected, so we are going to update the information as we have it.”

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The merchants of the waterfront met this Friday and made a request to speak with those responsible for the Salto Grande dam and the municipality itself because they believe that they did not do their job well. About that Azcué mentioned: “We are in permanent communication with them. I want to convey peace of mind to the merchants on the waterfront, I understand the anger and I respect their opinion. Salto Grande professionals operate through international protocols. The discretionary capacity of professionals has little room for maneuver. I understand the situation and we are acting based on protocols, which may have errors, but we are all pulling in the same direction. The information that can be transmitted is important. On Monday we will have a meeting with them, where we convey the respect and support of the municipality.”

According to the latest report from the Salto Grande Mixed Technical Commission, the river will continue to grow until it reaches, probably on Sunday, May 12, 13.90 meters. At that point there will be thousands of Concordians evacuated.

Government assistance

The mayor also spoke about the work being carried out by different areas of the Municipality and the help of the provincial government. “This is a priority, we are going to provide all the resources that are necessary. At this moment we cannot speculate or make calculations about what will happen next, let’s put all the resources into this,” said the mayor and highlighted the support of the Government of Entre Ríos: “We are in permanent contact with our governor, yesterday I was with Minister Manuel Troncoso, last Saturday with Minister Verónica Berisso who hours later sent us merchandise.”

“We want to inform all the time what the number of people is in the evacuee centers, we ask intermediate institutions, society to help us, to join. “We are all in this and we are going to get through it,” she concluded.

According to details from the Municipality, as of Friday night there were 400 people evacuated.

 
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