Storm Update: Amphibious Transport Arrives in Nin, More Rain Expected Today

Daniela Rogulj

How is Zadar today?

Istramet reported that on Monday, a day when Hurricane Irma continued to defeat America, Zadar managed to break into the top of cities with the highest amount of rain, reports Slobodna Dalmacija on September 12, 2017. 

According to Ogimet, which collected data from 5889 stations on Monday morning, Zadar was the rainiest city in the world.

Not even Hurricane Irma recorded what the north of Dalmatia did. For example, an extreme 323 mm of rain fell at the Zadar-Zemunik station, and in the city of Zadar, 284 mm fell, which caused many problems throughout the city. In Jacksonville, Florida, on the other hand, 218 mm of rainfall was recorded. 

The town of Gospić also ranked in the top 10 rainiest locations in the world, recording 120 mm of rainfall.

In the Zadar area, 70 firefighting teams and the Croatian Army are pumping water from flooded buildings, and the amphibious transport arrived in Nin this morning. As many as 120 armed forces are on the field in the Zadar area, while 625 are on standby.

After the severe storm and flooding, Zadar did experience some damage. The torrential rains, which has not been seen in the area since 1986, flooded many roads and buildings which kept 70 fire and military teams in the area overnight. 

Fire Department Commander Željko Šoš said that 107 pumps, 201 firefighters and 50 Croatian soldiers had been hired since last night.

“I’ve seen several sites this morning, TIZ buildings are being pumped, we are working on Supernova, we are working on the drainage, we’re in the Polyclinic with 7-8 pumps, and we’re in private homes. Firefighters are changing shifts, we have fresh forces to allow people rest, we are here, and we will go further,” said Šoša.

“We will go into every house. I do not know if it will be today or tomorrow as we cannot reach all of the neighborhoods now because the water levels are so high. We are taking care of electrical installations, and if people feel threatened, we will try to help,” continued the fire brigade commander.

After teaching yesterday was postponed, almost all primary schools in Zadar will open their doors today. City services warn that before consumption, water should be boiled.

Part of the Zadar City Cemetery was destroyed and there are many gravestones under water. Damage to the graves and monuments has yet to be established, and all burials have been canceled until further notice.

On the island of Ugljan, where Mali Lukoran had the most damage, forces have been tirelessly working since the early morning. Mayor of the Preko Municipality Jure Brižić announced that the fire brigade and utility cleared the main island road and traffic is normalized. School will not be in session today, and many country roads are still closed.

President of the Republic of Croatia Kolinda Grabar-Kitarović and Prime Minister Andrej Plenković both visited the Zadar area yesterday.

Occasional rain and thunderstorms are still expected today. 

Translated from Slobodna Dalmacija


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