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Plavinas' ice piles reach the height of a two-storey building

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The flood situation in Ogre has stabilized since the morning of April 19. Daugavpils’ situation is made less threatening to the city given the fact that the ice pile near Nicgale has started moving again, reducing the risk of floods. However, the current situation in Plavinas is dire.

There is no reason to relax – the flood has not gone anywhere from Ogre. Daugavpils is concerned about the piles of ice and large masses of water coming from Belarus, as is was said by the State Fire and Rescue Service (SFRS) representative Inga Vetere in an interview to Latvian Radio and LTV’s news portal.

She notes that houses have been flooded near Dviete’s district in Ilukste. News about small rivers breaking their banks come from time to time as well. The SFRS also reports that two people have been rescued from floods in Rezekne.

Meanwhile, floods hit Plavinas on the night to Friday. Water has exceeded the critical border by nearly 1.5 m there, the State Environment, Geology and Meteorology Centre reports.

The water level continues to rise. There have not been floods of this scale in Latvia for a long time. The water level increased by 3 m in one day’s time.

At least ten houses have been flooded in Plavinas centre, including a music school and a Youth Centre. The piles of ice reach the height of a two-storey building near the banks of the Daugava River. The last year’s built rampart has increased the critical water level mark by nearly 1 m, but even now water splashes at its side and ice could break out on the main street at any moment, LTV reports.

This dam was reconstructed last year; nearly one million EUR was invested.

Last year also had the city install a special water discharge system for reducing the risk of flooding. But all the control wells of this system are now overfilled, and water has flooded the area near Plavinas main street, where only a small barrier separates the city from Daugava.

It should be noted that Environment Protection and Regional Development Minister Edmunds Sprudzs was forced to cancel his planned visit to Latgale on April 19. Instead, he decided to visit the flooded regions in order to see the situation in person, as LETA was told by the minister’s press-secretary Maija Petermane.

Sprudzs believes that municipal officials should remain at their posts while residents try to stop the advancing water. This would keep them informed and involved in rescue operations.

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