Friday, May 27

“It was so cold and snowy that it was impossible to go out”




Carmen Rodríguez started for home around six in the afternoon. Just when the Community of Madrid went into red alert due to the large snowfalls that Filomena would distribute throughout the region. He decided to make a detour to avoid a slope and drove towards the M-113, towards Paracuellos del Jarama. The car never reached its destination and has dawned in the middle of the road, buried in the snow.

“I was a little blind, you couldn’t see anything on the posters,” Carmen tells ABC, already in the heat of her home after several hours stuck on the highway And in the middle of the night “It was very cold, the wheels were no longer sticking to the asphalt. One of the times a snowplow passed and I got behind, but it did nothing, after five seconds I was again on ice and snow, “he recalls the moment of helplessness, which he shared with around 40 vehicles. “We tried to push cars and it was impossible. There were people who wanted to walk, I was frozen. It was so cold and snowy that it was impossible to get out, “he says.

One of the images that Carmen Rodríguez took while she was stranded on the M-113
One of the images that Carmen Rodríguez took while she was stranded on the M-113 – ABC

Carmen was one of the thousands of drivers that the storm cornered yesterday on the highways throughout the region. Service Emergencies 112 He has worked tirelessly throughout the night to rescue vehicles trapped at points such as the M-40 – one of the first roads to be cut off – and the M-506. Hundreds of drivers have endured hours and hours on Madrid’s highways, also on the M-30, where several exits began to be cut during the afternoon as a kind of omen of what was to come. By early this morning, a thousand cars had been rescued, and 400 more still required help.

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The storm, branded as “historic”, not remembered in decades, put the entire region in trouble. And at o’clock at night, President Isabel Díaz Ayuso asked for help. Shortly after, 98 soldiers and 48 vehicles of the Military Emergency Unit (UME) They left from the Torrejón de Ardoz air base to collaborate in the rescue efforts.

Transportation collapse

After trying to warm her hands with the heating to the maximum, Carmen was forced to leave her vehicle to be transferred to a barracks. “The car is lying there on the M-113, and there will be another 30,” he says this morning. His brother, a Summa emergency doctor, was not so lucky: he has endured twelve hours stranded on the M-11. At ten in the morning, and after a night of cold, loneliness and insomnia, some colleagues from the Samur were able to pick him up and take him to Moncloa, where the Metro is the only available means of transport.

Filomena has not left a puppet with a head. At 9 pm on Friday, the Barajas airport canceled all operations until visibility improved; the aerodrome remains paralyzed this Saturday. There are problems on up to 430 roads in the main network and another 50 secondary ones, according to the latest update from the General Directorate of Traffic (DGT). With the asphalt covered by a thick layer of snow, up to 20 centimeters In the metropolitan area and the west of the region, the Municipal Transport Company (EMT) of the capital decided to suspend the bus service. For now, journeys are only possible through the Metro network, although there have been some incidents, such as cuts on line 10. The new year has started with nothing to envy 2020.

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