Rio Pinheiros had not overflowed in 15 years in the city of SP, says government after record rain | Sao Paulo

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The level of the Pinheiros River, which cuts through the city of São Paulo, is the highest in the last 15 years after the heavy rains that hit the city since Sunday night (9), according to the Department of Water and Electricity (Daee ).

According to the State Secretariat for Infrastructure and Environment, the last time the river overflowed, like what happened on Monday (10), was in 2005. The level of the river did not overflow completely, in the integrity of the extension of the river, 15 years ago, the government said.

In some places, the accumulated level of rain over three hours reached the expected average for the whole month of February. The volume of rainfall reached 10mm in a few hours – more than 50% of the average forecast for the entire month.

Until 1 pm, firefighters registered 796 floods, 140 landslides and 120 tree falls.

The state government reported that, on occasion, when there are occasional rains, there are floods of impassable points, such as at the height of the Bandeiras bridge and on the Tietê marginals, due to the low level of the river.

The Mirante de Santana, in the North Zone of São Paulo, recorded 114 mm of rain between the end of Sunday afternoon (9) and 9 am this Monday (10).

This is the largest amount of rain in 24 hours for the month of February recorded in 37 years, according to the National Meteorological Institute (Inmet).

In 2019, the Emae (Metropolitan Water and Energy Company) teams registered a record of sediment removal from the Pinheiros bed, with a load equivalent to 28,000 dump trucks. There was also the removal of 9 thousand tons of garbage from the waters.

The Tietê River, which also cuts through the city of São Paulo and overflowed this Monday, has 53 pumps under the responsibility of Daae, which undergo weekly maintenance.

In 2019, the silting was done along 44 kilometers of the river and removed more than 400 thousand tons of sediments such as sand and clay in 2019, with an investment of R $ 49 million.

According to the Daee, to avoid problems, in 2020, an investment of over R $ 20 million is planned for shares, especially in Alto Tietê.

Rio Tietê overflowed and invaded the Marginal at the height of Ponte do Limão, in the North Zone of São Paulo - Photo: Werther Santana / Estadão Content Rio Tietê overflowed and invaded the Marginal at the height of Ponte do Limão, in the North Zone of São Paulo - Photo: Werther Santana / Estadão Content

Rio Tietê overflowed and invaded the Marginal at the height of Ponte do Limão, in the North Zone of São Paulo – Photo: Werther Santana / Estadão Content

The flooding affected the 9-Esmeralda line, which paralyzed the circulation of trains between Osasco and Santo Amaro stations.

The company activated the Paese (free bus) to serve the aforementioned stretches, but with the floods the vehicles circulate partially. Line 8-Diamond resumed operation on the entire stretch at around 12:00, after having partial circulation earlier.

There is total or partial interruption in the circulation of EMTU buses in the marginal Pinheiros and Tietê and in the municipalities of Guarulhos, Taboão da Serra, Osasco, Itapevi, São Bernardo do Campo, São Caetano do Sul, Cajamar and São Vicente.

The Fire Department has responded to more than 4,000 calls since Sunday night (9), including seven landslides, 132 flood points, 25 fallen trees and 17 tree inspections in Greater São Paulo.

The policing was reinforced at the main public transport terminals and at flooding points.



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