Storm damaged Latvian municipalities turn to the state for help

The municipalities surrounding the town of Tukums will ask the state for funds to repair damage in the aftermath of a devastating storm, said Ēriks Lukmans, the chairman of Tukums Regional Council in an interview with Latvian Radio on June 12.

The storms of June 11 tore down trees on every street in Tukums, flooded stores and warehouses, and caused some damage to farms.

Perusing the meteorological archives, the weather reporter Toms Bricis lighted upon a similar storm in 2002. He described Tuesday's storm as the most violent of this decade, and one of the strongest of the last few decades. There could also have formed a tornado in a few places. Bricis also explained that these kinds of thunderstorms are typical of July and August when the Baltic sea has warmed up, and thus was completely unexpected at this time of the season.

Speaking about the conclusion the Civil Protection Commission of the four municipalities (Tukums Engure, Kandava, Jaunpils) came to at an extraordinary meeting, Lukmans said: “Taking into account the situation in all four municipalities, we found that there was no need to declare an emergency, as there were no human casualties, and only properties, roads, and trees were seriously affected, and work is being done to restore the damage. All services were involved and performed their duties to the highest standard.”

The Civil Protection Commission also decided to instruct the executive directories of all municipalities to compile a list of the damage caused by the natural disaster to any form and extent of property in accordance with the regulations of the Cabinet of Ministers on how these losses are determined.

After compiling this information, it will be submitted to the councils so that the council members could then turn to the government and ask for additional funds to deal with the consequences of the disaster.

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