Due to the intense rainfall, drains broke in one of the shops on Washington Street, and water penetrated the basement and the interior of the store. Firefighters have a problem with pumping it out. As our reporter informs, water has also washed Aleje Jerozolimskie under the S2 route.
Michał Wichrowski from the Municipal Headquarters of the State Fire Service in Warsaw informed that the notification about the flooding of the store at Zachodnia 96 was received a few minutes after 8 o’clock – A store employee reported that about 50 cm of water had accumulated in the store. Due to the heavy rainfall, the drains broke and the water got inside. Firefighters are trying to pump out the water, but so far it has not been effective – Wichrowski informed.
A team from the Municipal Water and Sewerage Company was called to the site.
According to MPWiK spokesman Marek Smółka, the inflow of sewage to the sewage system is currently falling and the situation should improve. – The inflow of rainwater was so large that it did not fit into the sewage system. Our pumps operate at full capacity, but with this rainfall, it turned out to be insufficient. Unfortunately, this is an undesirable situation, but we have no influence on nature – said Smółka.
– We have a full staff at the pumping station so that it works at full capacity and the sewage does not escape through the manholes – he emphasized.
The reporter of tvnwarszawa.pl Artur Węgrzynowicz said that problems with breaking out wells also occur in other places. – A fragment of Aleje Jerozolimskie under the S2 route towards Pruszków is flooded – he warns the reporter.
About 20 applications in Warsaw
According to the Institute of Meteorology and Water Management, intense rainfall is likely to occur – depending on the region – throughout Friday. First, second and third degree warnings were issued.
They are valid for the following voivodships: Mazowieckie, Łódzkie, Śląskie, Małopolskie, Świętokrzyskie, Lubuskie, Podlaskie, Warmińsko-Mazurskie and parts of Pomorskie and Kujawsko-Pomorskie. In these areas, weather forecasters predict moderate and heavy rainfall – from 20 to 40 mm, and locally even up to 80 mm.
In Warsaw it was raining all night and it is still raining. It is not torrential, but continuous and intense. – One of the more serious events of the night was the flooding of the intersection of Promykowa and Husarska Streets in Włochy. The firefighters worked there for about three hours, pumping out the water using a high-performance pump. From the morning, there are also reports from residents about broken tree limbs and branches. So far, we have had about 20 applications – said Michał Wichrowski.
Main photo source: Artur Węgrzynowicz / tvnwarszawa.pl