Storm aftermath: 1,000 calls for help, 1,500 still without power

Over the weekend, the State Fire and Rescue Service (VUGD) received more than 1,000 calls due to the storm, VUGD spokeswoman Ilze Dāme-Birziņa told Latvian Radio. As of Monday morning, power supplies had still been disrupted for about 1,500 customers.

Rescuers received 660 calls on Saturday due to the wind and about 400 on Sunday, Ilze Dāme-Birziņa said.

Some 500 calls were received in Rīga, while another 300 were received around Rīga and in Jūrmala, while in other regions the number of calls was significantly lower.

In about 80 cases, residents have asked VUGD for help in cases where trees had fallen on vehicles, in 15 trees had fallen on private homes or apartment buildings.

On the night of Monday, the VUGD did not receive any more calls related to the storm damage.

Meanwhile, the electricity distribution network “Sadales Tīkls” repaired 191 medium-voltage and 612 low-voltage damage caused by the storm, the company told the media in a statement.

Monday morning at 7:00 power supplies were still disrupted for about 1,500 customers across the country.

“Sadales Tīkls” inspectors and work crews are working on repairing the damage to restore power supplies to all customers as soon as possible, the company said.

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