State of the water level after the declaration of regular and extraordinary flood protection

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After emergency flood protection was declared in several locations in Serbia, especially in Novi Pazar, Tutin and Prijepolje, the situation stabilized. Due to long-term heavy rains and a sudden rise in water levels, the regular defense was canceled and an emergency flood defense was declared on the Ibar and Ra┼íka rivers at the “Ibar-Kraljevo, Novi Pazar” water unit, sector M.12.

The director of JVP “Srbijavoda” pointed out that the flood wave hit Novi Pazar the most, but that the situation is currently under control and that the rivers have returned to their beds. According to him, certain measures were implemented on the river Lim in Prijepolje, and a protective mobile system was installed.

“On the water unit “Lim-Prijepolje”, regular flood protection is being introduced on the river Grabovica in Sjenica, sector S.7. in the length of 0.7 km,” said the director.

Although stabilization was expected, all people and equipment remained on the ground, for control and safety.

“We have regular protection, when we have an indication from the RHMZ that there will be an increase and then all localities are visited, and when the water level rises and certain criteria are met, emergency flood protection is declared and then the services are on the ground 24 hours a day and implement measures protection. If it is estimated that there are not enough resources and manpower, then the proposal is to declare a state of emergency, so that all the resources of the local self-government, the Serbian Army and the police can be used,” said the director, explaining what three levels of defense exist.

According to his words, the services of JVP “Srbijavoda” and competent water management companies monitor the movement of changes in the water level in the field, as well as changes in the state of defense lines. In areas where critical places have been recorded and where the Emergency Flood Defense Orders are in force, if necessary, additional personnel and machinery will be employed in order to prevent flooding of the area and the occurrence of damage to protective water structures.

The director pointed out that it is necessary to work on education and raising the awareness of citizens.

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