Parts of Ponta Delgada still cut off

… after heavy rain causes floods

Roads closed in Ponta Delgada

JM reports that some parts of the parish of Ponta Delgada, in the municipality of São Vicente, on the north coast of Madeira, are still isolated today due to the storm that affected the region on Christmas Day, with work now being carried out to clear the roads.

“The isolated areas are Lombadas, in the highest part of the parish of Ponta Delgada, and also the connection between Ponta Delgada and Boaventura, which at this moment, it is only passable in a 4×4”, said the Mayor of São Paulo to Lusa. Vicente, José António Garcês.

The mayor is monitoring operations on the ground, at a time when the rain has lost its intensity, although the Regional Civil Protection Service maintains the yellow warning for precipitation on the north coast of Madeira until 18:00 today.

The storm caused 27 people to be evacuated from their homes for security reasons, but the homes suffered no significant damage other than flooding.

“As soon as there are safety conditions and cleaning is carried out, people can return to their homes because at this moment they are at the home of family or friends,” said José António Garcês, stressing that there are 20 residents of Ponta Delgada and seven de Boaventura, parishes that, together with that of São Vicente, constitute the northern municipality.

Although it is not yet possible to draw a final balance of the damage, the mayor points to several damages in public infrastructure, namely in the access road to Lombadas and in the cemetery of Ponta Delgada, in the centre of the parish, which was completely flooded.

“The staff were working during the day yesterday [Friday], all night, and at dawn, and this morning the work has already resumed and it is obviously cleaning work, so that we can then assess the damage”. “We will quickly try to restore normality to these main roads, and then move on to the secondary roads”.

Cleaning operations are in charge of the Municipality of São Vicente and the parishes of Ponta Delgada and Boaventura, also involving construction companies that were hired for this purpose, with heavy machinery.

Meteorological warning should have been red

Parts of Ponta Delgada still cut off 1

The director of the Funchal Meteorological Observatory admitted yesterday that the warning issued to Madeira should have been red and not yellow, but stressed that these are forecasts, so they are fallible.

Victor Prior told Lusa about the storm that yesterday occurred in the area of ​​Ponta Delgada and Boaventura, causing floods that led to the removal of 27 people from home as a precaution.

The official defended that the warnings are issued “in terms of forecast and observation” and that something else “is after it happened”.

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