Some Jēkabpils residents can return home Monday

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In Jēkabpils, residents of the right coast of Daugava may return to their homes, but on the left coast, in relation to the severely affected city dam, the municipality cannot yet allow residents to return to their homes, Jēkabpils Mayor Raivis Ragainis (Latvian Green Party) said in a statement on January 16.

On Monday at 11, the level of water in the Daugava at Jēkabpils had fallen to the mark of 8.17 meters. The highest point – 8.92 meters above the zero point of the observation station – was reached on Saturday, January 14, when the municipality of Jēkabpils asked residents to evacuate immediately from flood-threatened areas.

In the municipality's statement to residents, Ragainis said that residents of the right coastal district of the Daugava – Dārzu, Rīgas and Krasta Street – may return home.

Specialists say that on the right bank of Daugava, the safety of the sewer system and drinking water is fully guaranteed. Sewer and water pipes work, and heat is delivered, said Ragainis.

On the other hand, on the left bank of the Daugava, which is protected by the dam, for safety reasons, the local government cannot yet allow residents of Zvanītāju and Celtnieku streets to return to their homes in the near future. As soon as the hydrologists, in cooperation with local government specialists, decide on the way in which the water will be released back to Daugava from the upper part of the city – Lauktehnikas, Bebru and Mežrūpnieku districts – return will also be possible to the residents of these areas.

According to the municipality, the situation with ice congestion in the Jēkabpils municipality is still very dangerous. The dam has suffered badly and hydrologists and builders are working on reinforcing it. 


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