Gale and rough sea alerts deactivatedGiven the weather conditions and the drop in the number of call-outs by the Barcelona Fire Service in connection with gales in the city, the alert stage of the basic municipal emergency plans for gales, activated on Sunday 19 January, has now been deactivated. The alert for rough seas has also been deactivated, but the red flag is still in place at all city beaches due to the poor water quality following the storm.
The Barcelona Fire Service have intervened in 681 gale-related incidents 681 since Sunday 19 January, mainly in relation to fallen branches, trees, awnings and urban furniture.
Cleaning services have been prioritising the collection of branches and tree trunks which have fallen due to the wind, as well as clearing accumulated water from tree beds. Some 400 waste containers were damaged, their lids having been ripped off by the wind.
Red flag at all beaches
The alert for rough seas was also deactivated on Friday 24 January. Waves of over six metres were recorded during the storm, causing severe damage at all the city’s beaches.
Despite the improved maritime situation, the red flag is still in place at all city beaches due to the poor water quality following the storm.
130 additional shelter places
Given the magnitude of the storm, an additional facility with 130 emergency places was opened up on Tuesday 21 January, providing homeless people with beds, dry clothing, supper and breakfast.
In all, 64 places we occupied on the first night and 82 the following night. Given the general improvement in weather conditions in the city, municipal coordinators and civil protection chiefs decided to bring the prevention operation to a close on 23 January.