A test exercise for the Bravura Dam Internal Emergency Plan, which was based on five fictitious scenarios related to heavy rainfall and rising water levels in the reservoir, took place on the morning of this Friday, November 25th.
The rupture of a dam, says the Regional Command for Emergency and Civil Protection (CREPC) of the Algarve, is an «accident with a very low probability of occurrence», but that can happen.
The Bravura Dam is currently at very low levels – around 9%.
“The consequences of the resulting flood wave can be serious, especially for the downstream valley. In this way, it is fundamental to have alert and warning systems that promote information to the population in the self-rescue zone», says the CREPC.
This exercise, called “Bravura'22” was played in CPX (Command Post Exercise) and TTX (Table Top Exercise) mode and resulted from a decision by the District Commission for Civil Protection of Faro.
The initiative involved the Municipal Civil Protection Services of Lagos and Portimão, whose municipalities will be affected by the flood wave in the event of a dam failure.