March 8, 2014
Macri urges national, BA province gov'ts to get hands on hydraulic works
BA City Mayor Mauricio Macri gave a second press conference within the past 24 hours following the freak rainstorm that swept dozens of neighborhoods, and urged both national and BA provincial administrations to support the hydraulic public works on the Medrano underground river.
"It is of utmost importance to start all hydraulic public works needed to channel all underground rivers' watersheds, like the Medrano, that cross from Buenos Aires province's territory to the BA city."
Thus, Macri stressed that the only way to avoid situations like this from happening again is “to start the works to be done in both Medrano and Vega underground rivers’ watersheds. There are no temporary solutions for situations like these. We cannot lie to the neighbors. This can only be solved by performaing a mega hydraulic work like the one we did in the Maldonado underground river. But these type of works take at least two or three years.”
Furthermore, Macri aimed cannons at the national government, whose officials promptly came on stage to blame the City head for the disaster.
“It’s not good and makes no sense to see national government’s officials doing politics with this tragedy that’s also the result of the works they didn’t conduct. The bidding for a public contract on the works was ready four years ago. We had even got approval for international credit, but the national government never authorized the funding from international lenders like the World Bank. Only now the national government seems to approve it.”
Macri, who arrived from Brazil yesterday at noon after bringing forward his vacations' return, publicly conveyed his condolences to the victims of the storm that swept dozens of neighborhoods on Tuesday, and claimed it was "an environmental tragedy, and the second most important storm since 1906."
Likewise, the Mayor reported that emergency crews along with the SAME Emergency Service "have been working since Tuesday at 3:00 a.m”, and added, “The reality is that we have 600 people in our emergency teams and they are not enough to assist the 350,000 city residents that were affected."