The waters of the Douro should rise to the Postigo de Carvão area in Ribeira and Cais do Ouro at 2 hours high tide, but they may not reach Miragaia in Porto, the captain’s captain told Lusa this Tuesday. . The situation, Rui Santos Amaral admitted, could be repeated on Wednesday at high tide at 2:30 p.m.
“We don’t expect to be able to reach Miragaia unless the flow of the dams changes significantly,” added the captain.
In a statement on Monday, the Douro captain expected the possibility of the river becoming a flood this Tuesday or Wednesday.
According to the captain, the prospect of the river overflowing arises from the forecast of heavy and persistent rain in most of the Douro hydrographic basin during part of this Tuesday, “combined with a high volume of water from Spain and the deterioration of the sea condition the resulting difficulty of the flow capacity in the area of the mouth of the Douro ”.
The opportunity led the Douro Flood Forecasting and Prevention Center, a structure that works with the Captaincy, to set the orange flood alert for the estuary, as well as the Crestuma reservoirs (Vila Nova de Gaia) and four other dams upstream (Carrapatelo ) activated, Bagaúste and Valeira and Pocinho) since Tuesday noon.
“It is not yet possible to quantify the increase [de caudal]It is recommended that all civil protection officers act in the areas most affected by flooding such as the Pinhão pier, the Peso da Régua river basin, the Bitetos pier, the mouth of the Tâmega river and the river bank areas of the mouth ”, advised the regional maritime authority.
At the same time, the office of Via Navegável do Douro, managed by the Port Authority of Leixões, banned the traffic of ships along the entire length of the street on the morning of that Tuesday.
In another statement on Monday, the captain of Porto do Douro, alluding to the deterioration in meteorological and oceanographic conditions, said the swelling would gradually increase and peak between 6 p.m. on Tuesday and 9 a.m. on Wednesday, causing the Douro Bar forced close to all navigation.
The unrest on the sea with waves that can reach heights of up to 12 meters, accompanied by winds with gusts of up to 80 kilometers per hour, also meant that the Câmara do Porto opened Avenida D. Carlos I in the city for the Traffic closed coast.