The chaos of the 2018 snowfall on the AP-6, when the Military needed to rescue 1000’s of trapped within the toll highway between Segovia and Ávila that didn’t shut regardless of the warnings, has been probably the most helpful lesson that has been utilized on the M-40 in Madrid. Who was going to say it. The Navy Emergency Unit (UME), tanned in a thousand mountain disasters, fires, floods and different situations of the tip of the world, deployed within the capital to make manner in city belts, between skyscrapers, on the stroke of a sapper. On the Paseo de la Castellana, a golden mile and artery within the coronary heart of Spain, unusually buried in ice.
The AP-6 is recalled by the Chief of Communication of the Unit, Aurelio Soto, to say that from going under zero to get folks out of stranded vehicles as much as half the door in frozen avalanches, you already know one thing. “It’s a unprecedented scenario, however I don’t suppose we will say that we’re overwhelmed … though we’re working very onerous,” he summarized in full rage of the storm. With out eradicating gravity. It’s handy to consider the scale of the duty: «In an earthquake, you clear a kilometer and it stays clear until there’s an aftershock, and a constructing that falls is not going to fall once more … however in a snowfall just like the one which we now have present in Madrid, you advance and the place you’ve got handed the snow is accumulating once more ». It closes your manner once more and you must clear the place you’ve got already cleaned. There’s nothing.
The activation of the UME in Madrid happens at midnight on Friday. Autos blocked within the A-3, A-4 and A-5 of the Neighborhood, and M-30, M-40, M-45 and M-50, caught many instances with out minimal gasoline to maintain the engine operating and survive with heating. These are agonizing moments. The battalion from Torrejón leaves de Ardoz (Madrid), then that of Ferral del Bernesga, in León.
The very first thing earlier than a bagging is to have the ability to open a path to have the ability to enter the frozen site visitors jam and provides emergency help. Blankets, water, one thing heat, take the kids, the aged … It’s not the inhospitable white pampa of the AP-6, however the mouth of a tunnel on Calle 30 that appears like winter in Toronto. By no means seen. Behind they need to entry the snow plows, engineer’s machines, the fireplace engines. It’s due to this fact obligatory to maneuver the vehicles to shoulders and medians pushing, together with the drivers, which accurately requires eradicating quintals of snow that seize the underside and bury the wheels. It’s important to hit the shovel, the UME additionally brings them. And what has been stated, as you clear a piece, the snowfall is blinding it once more.
Twelve hours after beginning the operation, Saturday midday, 1,500 folks have been launched in Madrid. We should wait one other seven for the authorities to inform that nobody is blocked on any highway within the area.
The snowplow drags alongside the Castellana that has change into a tundra panorama. It is likely one of the photographs for the historical past of this nationwide episode. There are vehicles thrown right here and there, deserted by their homeowners as they have been seen cornered, which is able to make it troublesome for the UME to journey and the subsequent mission, to get better entry to hospitals. The primary, the navy Gómez Ulla, then the Gregorio Marañón, La Paz … additionally Mercamadrid, a significant provide station for inland Spain.
The 98 troops initially activated in Madrid there are greater than 200 after the primary 24 hours and yesterday they added about 600, 1 / 4 of them dedicated to clearing the airport runways. Those that have simply operated in Yeste, Albacete province, come from Zaragoza, and on Sunday afternoon 33 extra go away Seville with heavy excavators to help the work.
Along with the UME, these of the Military take to the streets. Curious life this of the final months, during which the navy has been seen not as soon as, however twice, deployed in an enormous manner within the heart of Madrid. As within the years of black and white. The primary was in March, because of the confinement. Yesterday they have been used, amongst others, in transferring kidney sufferers to their respective dialysis facilities and the Parachute Brigade launched the Vamtac jeeps to carry 63 air site visitors controllers to Barajas. An operation typical of a theater of warfare.
On the UME, all the pieces must be stated, their prominence hurries them. The chief spokesman, additionally the press officer, Captain Manuel González, They don’t spin 4 sentences with out saying that they don’t seem to be performing alone. Civil Guard, Nationwide Police, Civil Safety, Firefighters, municipal providers, Crimson Cross … that with out them wouldn’t have been “able to coping with the scenario.” The one to repair the chaos of the AP-6 however in Madrid, through Paseo de la Castellana.