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Mayor says water head in Far East’s Khabarovsk under control

August 28, 2013, 15:06 UTC+3
Khabarovsk mayor Alexander Sokolov said over 18 kilometers of protective facilities have been built in the city
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Photo ITAR-TASS/ Press Service of Far East regional EMERCOM department

Photo ITAR-TASS/ Press Service of Far East regional EMERCOM department

VLADIVOSTOK, August 28 (Itar-Tass) - Protective facilities and pumping help control the water head in Khabarovsk, Russia’s Far East, Mayor Alexander Sokolov said on Wednesday.

At present, over 18 kilometers of protective facilities have been built in the city. About 160 pumping installations operate. “Additional pumps will be used to control the water head,” Sokolov said.

“We succeeded in ditching flooded places in certain areas. We struggle for any house and for any centimeter of dry soil. We succeeded in saving four houses and their residents could return home today or tomorrow,” the mayor said.

Preparations of the heating season are one of the problems. A total of 15 kilometers of heating lines have been flooded. “If the water descends by September 20, we’ll be able to switch on heating on October 1 and continue repair works,” Sokolov said.

The water level in the Amur River is of 743 centimeters. In early September the water can reach the maximum level and it starts descending by the end of September. These days the water level will grow at the speed of 10-15 centimeters per day.

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