The mayor of Madrid, José Luis Martínez-Almeida announced this Wednesday in a conference with local media that the damage from the storm Filomena in the Spanish capital will amount to “several hundred million euros.”
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At the meeting it was learned that the Madrid city council will decide this Thursday whether to request the Spanish government to declare a catastrophic zone. “There is very significant damage, both to private and public property,” Almeida added to the press.
According to calculations, more than 150,000 trees, mostly pines, in Madrid were affected by the storm. Filomena is considered a historic snowfall by creating 40 centimeters of snow in 30 consecutive hours. Currently, Madrid only cleared of snow a total of 1,343 of its 9,000 streets.
The Governing Board of @MADRID will present tomorrow the petition to declare #Madrid as an area severely affected by an emergency. Serious damages have been verified amounting to hundreds of millions of euros caused by the snowstorm #Filomena.
– José Luis Martínez-Almeida (@AlmeidaPP_)
January 13, 2021
The Spanish Government urged in the press conference to limit the displacements to the strictly necessary ones. Due to the snowfall, some 2,000 people were treated for trauma in hospitals since this Friday.
The Madrid-Barajas airport, which registered 13 degrees Celsius below zero, the third lowest temperature since 1945, gradually recovers its activity. According to the director of the Laboratory of Climatology at the University of Alicante, Jorge Olcina, the storm will be recorded “in the annals of extreme meteorological events that occurred in Spain” and this Thursday is expected to be Filomena’s last day in Spain.