You do not have to climb the mountains. There are people from Madrid skiing on Gran Vía. The storm of the storm Filomena has put on high alertto the Community of Madrid, whose situation, in the words of the mayor of the capital, is “extremely serious.”
The president of the region, Isabel Díaz Ayuso, and the vice president, Ignacio Aguado, have been silent throughout the morning, while the collapse of the region is absolute. The only transport that works in the capital is the Metro, which will remain open 24 hours a day.
All authorities recommend not leaving the house all day, or to take pictures. “We are going to live very hard hours. The priority now is to clear the entrances to the hospitals ”, said the Minister of Justice and the Interior, Enrique López.
Ayuso has announced at 12.00 that there will be no class in schools, colleges and universities on Monday and Tuesday in a message on his Twitter profile. Minutes later,
“We have had a difficult night,” Ayuso observed. “We have entered the orange level since 12.00. We are going to ask all officials in the region to telecommute. We are turning to all the hospitals in the region. There are impassable streets ”. In addition, he has asked the people of Madrid to stay at home for “a few” days.
However, until 11:30 p.m. this Friday the Army was not asked for help. “The Military Emergency Unit is always ready,” said Defense Minister Margarita Robles, during an interview this morning in La Sexta.
The first message from a senior official in the Community has been that of the vice president of the regional government, Ignacio Aguado, who, like the president, has been silent throughout the night.
“I don’t remember a snowfall like this in Madrid in 30 years,” he posted on his Twitter profile at 11:09 am this Saturday. “Municipal sports centers have been set up to attend to people trapped in their cars, tons of salt are being spread and we are working tirelessly to clear the roads. Please stay home. Thank you”. Nothing else.
Those responsible for emergencies in Madrid have been overwhelmed by the heavy snowfall, despite plans for inclement weather. The snowplows have not been enough to unblock the main roads in the capital, which around noon are still blocked, preventing the passage of ambulances or firefighters. Madrid City Council has 66 snow plows and the Community with 57.
The president’s team sent a statement after nine in the morning. They announced that Ayuso was going to preside over the meeting at the headquarters of the Madrid 112 Security and Emergency Agency (ASEM112) at 10:00 in Pozuelo de Alarcón.
However, its sources confirm that it did not arrive until 12.00 and that it had not been able to connect electronically. “It has been very difficult to get there,” they recognize in their surroundings. The rudder, meanwhile, has been piloted by the Minister of the Interior, Enrique López, who has announced during an interview in Onda Madrid that the situation is extremely serious.
“It is an extraordinary storm. The worst will come in the next few days. It is very difficult to clear all the snow in a few days. We are going to live very hard hours. The priority now is to clear the entrance of the hospitals ”. According to Emergencias Madrid, right now there are 300 trapped vehicles. In total, about 1,000 people have been rescued in the last hours.
In the 32 hospitals of the public network, patients who had planned to be discharged have been provided with beds again and, if necessary, blankets have been provided to relatives who have had to spend the night in the centers. There are cases of professionals who double shift, due to the impossibility of the relays to arrive.
Pedro Erice, who claims to be a soldier on his Twitter profile, uploaded a photo to this social network with a message after midnight this Saturday. “Now walking my dog I thought: ‘If a year ago they told me that at 11:45 p.m.
I was going to be walking, alone, through the middle of a central Madrid street covered in snow, wearing a mask and looking at the clock to get to home before curfew, I burst out laughing … ”.