Thursday, August 17, 2017

Startoutkinsk, Volhynia evacuated after severe flooding

Residents of both Staroutkinsk and the village of Volhynia were evacuated over the span of Sunday and Monday due to the most severe flooding since 1979.

In total, 131 emergency workers were deployed to the area to help the 3,000 residents of the villages evacuate. By the time the evacuation was complete, several streets in the eastern parts of the villages were entirely underwater, Oblastnaya Gazeta reports.

The two villages rest between the Chusovaya and Wild Duck rivers, and were hit especially hard by high waters following the freak snow blizzard in late April. Waters rose to the windows of houses, requiring emergency personnel to use 35 pieces of special equipment to successfully evacuate some residents.

Villagers were first warned of possible flooding as early as April 22, as officials expected water levels to rise due to melting snow and heavy rainfall. Conditions were exacerbated, however, on May 4 when a wooden portion of a dam on Wild Duck river collapsed and allowed immense amounts of water through the village very rapidly, according to Oblastnaya Gazeta.