December 21, 2014
Santa Fe issues flood emergency as Paraná River levels continue to rise
The FICH information center belonging to the National University of Litoral (UNL) has informed that Paraná River levels were continuing to rise, already hitting 4.18 meters. The Santa Fe government has declared the flood emergency in the area.
According to official data, the river has increased by 2 centimeters compared to yesterday’s levels. Alert rates are 5.30 meters. If the Paraná reaches 5.70 meters, then people in the area will have to be evacuated.
Communication Secretary of the Santa Fe City Andrea Valsagna told media that declaring the emergency “will allow the town to count with all the elements to carry all the necessary actions to provide the best answer facing the rise of the Paraná River.”
Valsagna also explained that authorities will conduct a census to collect information on at-risk families and start actions to deploy provisional home units for those forced to leave their houses.
Risk Management Director Eduardo Aguirre Madariaga, meanwhile, added that the rise in the Río Iguazú – that forced the temporary closure and restriction of visitors at the Iguazú Waterfalls Park yesterday in the province of Misiones - was having “impacts” in the Paraná River.