The Military Emergency Unit (UME) has deployed 292 soldiers deployed in the areas affected by the current flooding of the Ebro as it passes through Aragon. The speed of decision-making has allowed the urban centers of the riverside municipalities to be protected with defenses against the current avenue to avoid damage at the peak of the flood. The maximum levels, according to forecasts, are expected from this afternoon in the upper reaches of the river.
The delegate Rosa Serrano, who has traveled to the advanced command post of the Operational Coordination Center (Cecop) in Luceni and has visited the town of Novillas, has insisted on her call for prudence and requests that unnecessary risks be avoided by the population. “The avenue will surely surpass the flood of 2015, but the coordination between administrations and the predictive models managed by the technicians are allowing decisions to be made that minimize the damage that occurred in previous years,” he pointed out.
The UME has the support of 102 vehicles and a helicopter for the development of its work, in addition, since yesterday the medium equipment for pumping water and sludge “Embal” has been prepared, used for the extraction and forwarding of water loaded with material in suspended or dissolved. Its pumping capacity is 320 cubic meters per hour
At the moment, a tactical group of 100 people has been working in the municipality of Novillas and on the nearby roads, carrying out containment and reinforcement tasks. Another subgroup is developing its work in close contact with the mayors of the area and the Ebro Hydrographic Confederation (CHE) in Cabañas and Alcalá de Ebro.
The Civil Guard is also going to be reinforced with troops arriving from Madrid to guarantee that the negative effects are the minimum possible, both in people and in agricultural and livestock environments.