The students who were in a prefabricated pavilion at Camilo Castelo Branco Secondary School, in Vila Real, were removed on Thursday as a precaution due to the possibility of a large tree falling, said the mayor.
The danger of falling a large tree on the pavilion was significant, we were alerted to this effect and quickly sent a team to dismantle the tree and ensure the safety of those who frequent the pavilion, ”said Rui Santos.
The mayor said that between Wednesday and Thursday there were very strong winds in the Vila Real area, which will be the cause of the occurrence.
“It was a real danger, the students had to leave the classroom from one moment to the next. In fact, they left all the equipment there. Our services also acted quickly and here, for example, one of the advantages of decentralization of competences is demonstrated ”, stressed the president.
Rui Santos said that “if everything goes well, at the end of today everything will return to normal” at that school.
On Wednesday, also due to bad weather and the danger of falling a tree, the career garden in the city center was closed.
“This is a problem. I do not think it is worthwhile to hide and say that we have not verified 'on the spot' that there are climate changes. According to the records of the Portuguese Institute of the Sea and the Atmosphere (IPMA), Vila Real has never had winds of 124 or 127 kilometers per hour with the frequency with which it has occurred since the end of last year ”, he stressed.
In December, bad weather caused dozens of trees to fall in different places in the city, such as in the garden of the station, in the forest park or in the São Vicente de Paula neighborhood.
As a result, the municipality has carried out radical pruning in large trees, an intervention that has caused controversy in the city of Trás-os-Montes.
“The safety of our fellow citizens is always first. We have been intervening and we will continue to do so, even if it costs a lot to those who, on the one hand, try to take political advantage of this circumstance and others who legitimately have another view on the action of the municipalities in their grove ”, he stressed.
However, Rui Santos said that “the practice that is being developed is one that is being developed in an urban space in practically the whole country, in neighboring Spain and France”.