Consequences of Pelješac Fire: Rocks and Mud Hit Roads

Lauren Simmonds

First fires raged through Peljesac, now the rain is causing issues.

Heavy rain hit Croatia in numerous areas across the country yesterday and last night, but the recently fire-engulfed Pelješac peninsula didn’t find as much joy in that as one might expect.

As Morski writes on the 8th of October, 2018, during the late afternoon hours yesterday, a stormy cumulonimbus cloud developed over Pelješac, bringing with it heavy rain and accompanied by thunderstorms to the recently burning peninsula.

As large quantities of rain fell in a very short time in areas that had devastated the recent wildfires which had ravaged the area, dangerous floods carrying thick mud, rocks, ash, branches, and even entire fallen trees ensued.

Before the action of cleaning the area up and removing potentially dangerous items began, Croatian roads (Hrvatske ceste) placed traffic signs in the area to warn commuters, and members of Orebić’s local fire brigade first appeared on the field first.

”Ten cubic metres of black mud, stones, and earth was thrown into the local road. The road was completely out of order, and on Sunday evening, people from the communal services came out onto the field,” Ivica Trojanović of Orebić told Dalmacija Danas.

What added to the issues is that the tremendous amount of rain which fell on Pelješac was very unevenly distributed. In some areas, much smaller amounts of precipitation fell, and in other areas, over fifty litres of rain per square metre fell on the peninsula.

Otherwise, last night’s scenario is just a hint of what the next heavy rainfall may bring to the recently burning Pelješac, as debris and other fire damage is set to continue to make its way down to the roads.


Click here for the original article by Dalmacija Danas


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