ANA on flood alert in Minas Gerais, Espirito Santo

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Brazil's national water authority ANA is on alert over flooding along the Piranga and Doce rivers in the southeastern states of Minas Gerais and Espirito Santo, an ANA spokesperson told BNamericas.

The authority is keeping track of water levels at measuring stations in four cities. "As of Tuesday (Jan 4), two cities are flooding and two are on alert," the spokesperson said.

In Espirito Santo state, the coastal city of Linhares is flooded, with Povoaçao neighborhood completely cut off. The water level at the measuring station hit 445cm on Tuesday, is 65cm over the 380cm flood point. The main access road to its beach is blocked and the alternative route which passes through Cacimbas region is only accessible by oversized vehicles.

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The city of Colatina is also under alert. Its measuring station reported a level of 493cm, with 520cm considered flooding. Damage has been caused to waterway channels, sidewalks, retaining walls, and rural roads. The city is currently preparing to request funds from the state government, according to a local government release.

The Doce river runs through both Linhares and Colatina.

In Minas Gerais, work is underway to restore the flow of traffic in the city of Governador Valadares, where a flood barrier broke free, affecting the city's Bernardo and Melquiades streams. Water levels on the Doce river, which runs through the city, is only 7cm under flood conditions.

Finally, the Piranga river, which runs through Minas Gerais' Ponte Nove city, is also at a critical level. Its measuring station shows the water is at 358cm, well above its flooding point of 330cm.