Extensive flooding in Augšdaugava municipality, Latvia

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In the Augšdaugava municipality of souther-eastern Latvia, water levels continue to rise, at least eight roads have been flooded, as well as a summer-house co-op with residential houses has started flooding, the executive director of the municipality of Augšdaugava Pēteris Dzalbe told LETA on April 2.

He said residents were safe and only a few families refused to evacuate from flooding areas. For the time being, there is no full information on the number evacuated, which is likely to be known on Monday.

Since Saturday, one suburban cottage co-op has been flooding, which is used by residents for permanent residential homes, so it will be necessary to look for ways to evacuate these residents.

At least eight sections of roads have also been closed. In addition, on Saturday the municipality had to close one road to the farm, which is now cut off from the surrounding roads, so the municipality will have to help it deliver milk.

More extensive areas are currently being flooded at the Daugava stage in Vaikuļāni-Jersika.

As regards future forecasts, Dzalbe said that water levels, such as Piedruja, which is in the border area of Belarus, are rising all the time and could rise by another 20-30 centimeters, which would be very undesirable.

Dzalbe said in a conversation with Latvian Television that solutions are being sought to bring children to school on Monday. Forest roads that haven't been flooded are more likely to be used.

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