Friday, May 27

The UME intervenes in the rescue of drivers in Madrid

The Military Emergency Unit (UME) has come out this morning to the rescue of drivers and occupants trapped in their vehicles in Madrid because of the historic snowfall caused by the storm Filomena, which also hits several communities in the center of the peninsula.

The Ministry of Defense has explained that since Management of the Winter Inclement Plan the activation of the Military Emergency Unit has been requested for support tasks of cleaning the road and rescuing trapped vehicles at different points of roads in the region.

The Military Emergency Unit has deployed 98 military and 48 vehicles in the operation to collaborate this morning in the rescue of drivers and people trapped in their vehicles in the community of Madrid because of the snow.

Transport suffers the worst consequences of the snow, which keeps the Barajas international airport (Madrid) closed this morning, while dozens of its flights have been diverted to other cities, while many truckers have had to interrupt your route in various provinces and wait in winter parking lots for roads to be passable.

Although the emergency services they had asked the citizens of Madrid to use their private vehicles only in essential cases, the snowstorm that lasted throughout the day in the capital met the forecasts and early at night many of its roads collapsed and the snowplows could not clear the tracks.

Thus, Madrid’s ring roads such as M-30 and M-40 and some of its main highways were paralyzed for hours with long lines of trapped vehicles.

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Given the circulatory chaos and the hundreds of people trapped inside the vehicles, the Ministry of Defense was requested to activate the UME, which sent its military personnel at dawn to various points such as the A5 highways, in the Móstoles and Alcorcón; to the A3, in the area of ​​Rivas Vaciamadrid and Arganda, and the A-4, in Aranjuez and Ciempozuelos.

The three military columns came out in the framework of the Operation Severe Winter Storms (TIS) for support tasks of road cleaning and rescue of trapped vehicles at different points of the affected roads.

The historic snowfalls left by the storm Filomena since this Thursday in much of Spain have caused, in addition to numerous road closures, cancellations and delays in trains and suspensions of flights and maritime links, the closure of Madrid airport since early Friday night.

While the circulatory collapse was taking place on Madrid’s highways, Aena paralyzed operations at the Adolfo Suárez Madrid-Barajas Airport due to the poor conditions of the slopes and visibility.

The planes that were scheduled to land at night continue to be diverted in the early hours of the morning to the airports of Barcelona, ​​Valencia, Alicante, Seville and Bilbao, while the work of cleaning the slopes continues due to the fallen snow.

Sources from the airport manager Aena have explained to EFE that in the next few hours it will be decided whether to resume pending operations or if a specific time is set when the flights will be operated again.

Regarding rail transport, heavy snowfall and “excessive” accumulation of snow Along the Madrid-Cuenca-Valencia high-speed line, it forced Renfe to suppress the last four services this Friday, sources from the railway entity have informed EFE.

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Renfe has also suspended the High Speed ​​service of all relations that link Madrid with the Valencian Community and the Region of Murcia, from opening tomorrow until 12:00, from the accumulation of snow along the line.

Many commuter services such as Madrid and the Basque Country they ended the day on Friday with numerous delays due to the snow.

So far the center of the peninsula has been the worst hit by the storm, which runs through Spain from south to north and is expected to continue active until next Monday.

Madrid is one of the communities most affected by effects of the storm, that has left unseen amounts of snow.

In fact, the large amount of snow has forced the Madrid City Council to suspend the service of EMT buses for Saturday, as well as garbage collection.

The Community of Madrid, which is located in red and orange alert for snowfall, Since yesterday it has been closed to truck and articulated vehicle traffic.

Also, all the highways in the province of Guadalajara have restricted the traffic of heavy vehicles due to the risk posed by the accumulation of snow, which has meant that more than 1,300 trucks are parked in the areas authorized for it in different points of the province.

The Delegation of the Board in Guadalajara has reported late on Friday that, in addition, in a large part of the routes of both the national network, as well as the regional and in the province the use of chains is mandatory to circulate, including the A-2.

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Also, the Subdelegate of the Government in Ávila, Arturo Barral, has requested the activation of the protocol to serve the 150 carriers that are trapped this morning in the Avila town of Arévalo.

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