The roads of Cyprus are ready to deal with everything the weather can throw at them this winter, authorities insist.
Chrystalla Mallouppa, acting director of the Public Works Department, responsible for the island's road network, said everything was in place to deal with heavy rain "unless the island is faced with extreme weather phenomena."
"Intensive checks and works are being carried out in the department's road networks across the island including cleaning drains to channel rain water," Mallouppa said.
"Problematic sites and bridges like the Sopaz area in Nicosia, Latsi bridges in Paphos, Trachoni in Limassol, and Pera Chorio in Nissou are also being dealt with or are under study with the intervention of the Public Works Department," she added.
A new link road from the Nicosia-Limassol highway at Zakaki to the port includes provisions to help solve the chronic problem of flooding in the western part of the city and will be completed in 2015.
"Part of the anti-flooding works have already been completed together with the road networks. It is a major project that is co-funded by the EU and around €35m has been allocated for provisions to absorb rain water," Mallouppa said.
"The problematic area of the Ayios Athanasios roundabout on the Limassol bypass has also been dealt with a series of anti-flooding works carried out by the Public Works Department," she added.
Andreas Manolis, deputy director of the Water Development Department responsible for cleaning all rivers and streams across Cyprus to ensure rainwater flow, said all that was necessary had already been done.
"From the point of view of rivers and streams for which the Water Development Department is responsible, all work has been done all over Cyprus and we are fully ready to deal with heavy rain," Manolis said.
And according to Paphos assistant district officer George Nicolaou, an action plan is in place for the whole of Cyprus with specifications for each district in line with a Cabinet decision.
"The action plan includes particularities for each district so that every category of possible danger like extreme weather conditions can be tackled," he told The Cyprus Daily.
Cyprus Civil Defence Commissioner Maria Papa said the service was fully ready and had all the necessary equipment and rescue teams fully trained for coping with extreme weather conditions including flooding.
"The role of the Civil Defence is to assist the Fire Service if needed and we are ready to help with draining water with pumps from underground areas, buildings and homes if necessary," Papa added.