Fundação Renova

RENOVA FOUNDATION STARTS EVACUATION OF FAMILIES LIVING ON THE BANKS OF THE JUPARANA LAGOON, IN LINHARES (ES)

Published in: 03/18/2019

Ações Emergenciais , Emergency Actions

Relocation to temporary housing is a precautionary measure based on the results of studies that pointed out structural risks in the barrier built in 2015

The Renova Foundation reports that, on Sunday (17), together with Civil Defense, it began the evacuation of 28 families living on Beira-Rio Avenue, in Linhares, in the north of the state. Relocation to temporary housing is a precautionary measure based on the results of studies carried out by a specialized technical consultant, who pointed out structural risks in the barrier built in 2015 to protect the Juparana Lagoon from the tailings of the Doce River.

Initiation of evacuation of families from Beira Rio Avenue, in Linhares | Photo: Released

The families were informed, guided and will be assisted in all their needs and demands. The Renova Foundation reiterates its commitment to guaranteeing the safety of the families.

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A judicial decision of 2015, made shortly after the Fundao dam collapse, determined the construction of an emergency barrier to prevent any contact between the waters of the Doce River and the Juparana Lagoon. Although temporary, the barrier remained installed due to judicial decisions that followed, which aggravated the occurrence of flooding already common in the region. A canal connecting the lagoon to the Pequeno River was built in 2018 to reduce the water level of the Juparana Lagoon. In order to withstand the last rainy season, this canal was expanded on September 22, 2018, and as a precaution measure the 56 families living on Beira-Rio Avenue were temporarily evacuated.

The Linhares barrier is monitored daily, following safety and contingency procedures.

The actions of the Renova Foundation to ensure the safety of its structure and the families in its surroundings are carried out by professionals in the areas of Infrastructure, Engineering, Health, and Safety and Contingency. In addition to the hydrometric monitoring carried out in the region and at seven points of the Sao Jose River Basin and Juparana Lagoon, a checklist is used for daily monitoring of the structure.

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