Rīga street closed due to dangerous buildings

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Drivers, cyclists and pedestrians are being advised to plan their routes in the Latvian capital carefully following the sudden closure of a short section of street.

Due to potentially dangerous buildings, a section of Krišjāņa Valdemāra Street from Šarlotes street to Alojas street will be closed for an indefinite period, Riga City Council said February 18 after some residents were evacuated. 

On Saturday evening in Riga, the employees of the State Fire and Rescue Service (VUGD) received a call to a building on Krišjāņa Valdemārā street, because cracks had appeared in it.

At the scene, firefighters found visible cracks in the building and began evacuating people. In cooperation with the Riga municipal police, a bus was provided to accommodate the evacuated people.

Information about the condition of the building has been handed over to the Riga City Construction Board and a detailed structural survey is being prepared, which will be the basis for future action.

In all, 33 people, a dog and two cats were evacuated from two adjacent buildings in cooperation with the Riga Municipal Police. Evacuated residents have the right to receive a crisis benefit from the municipality – up to 500 euros per person or up to 1000 euros per family.

The road closure will affect the number 3 trolleybus route and the number 11 bus route. Rīga City Council has more information on suggested alternative routes here (in Latvian): https://www.riga.lv/lv/jaunums/bistamu-eku-del-pasvaldiba-sniedz-palidzibu-evakuetajiem-iedzivotajiem-un-ierobezo-satiksmi-kr-valdemara-iela

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