Flooding reported in south-western Latvia

Rising water levels in the River Tosele in Nica parish, south-western Latvia have caused some localized flooding that has required several residents to be evacuated, South Kurzeme district municipality said January 26.

Communication has been maintained with other residents of houses in the flood-affected area, and from Thursday to Friday, the water level in the Tosele has been gradually falling, said local government representative Agija Kaunese.

Kaunese said that the last time such extensive flooding was observed in Nica parish was in 2016.

The municipality stated that with fluctuating weather conditions, similar situations may recur, and the greatest risk of flooding is for people living near the Tosele and Barta rivers.

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Oksana Strēle, the acting head of the local social services, said that in crisis situations, which include damage caused by floods, residents can apply for benefits. In such cases, the victims are invited to contact the appropriate social agency for their territory. After assessing the extent and consequences of the damage, a decision will be made on granting support.

It has already been reported that ice is currently flowing in the major River Venta, the water level is rising sharply and ice jams are forming in some places. An orange warning has been issued for possible flooding. In the River Barta, as well as in the Venta near Kuldīga, the water level rose by approximately three meters this week.

Meanwhile, a yellow warning has been issued in the rest of the country for rising water levels due to thawing and heavy rainfall. Meteorologists predict flooding of rivers and low-lying areas.

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