Record rainfall, but Costa Blanca escapes worst of storm

Spanish Mediterranean hit by heavy rain and wind

Catalonia, the Valencia region, Murcia and the Balearic Islands have been dealing with adverse weather conditions since Monday, when there was rainfall of 212mm in Barx (Valencia), 115mm in Oliva (Valencia) and 93mm in San Javier airport (Murcia).

The storm conditions are also bringing strong winds to the region. Cabo de Gata natural park in Almería registered wind speeds of up to 92km/h, while the wind gusted up to 82km/h in San Javier and 80km/h in Águilas (Murcia).

According to the residents of Los Alcazares, the latest DANA storm has been nowhere near as bad as the September disaster, but the Murcia town and neighbouring San Javier once again found themselves at ‘ground zero’ when the storm landed in Spain. Strong winds and rain hit the Costa Blanca, but damage was limited with localised flooding in Torrevieja, which soon drained away.

However, down the coast on the Costa Calida disruption was much worse, with 100 people having to be evacuated in Los Alcazares as flood waters rose. They were able to return to their homes later the same day, only to face the clean-up operation and damage assessment they are becoming all too familiar with.

Many of these same people are still waiting for insurance claims from 2016 floods to come through, and have since been flooded out twice more – in September’s major event and then again yesterday when 100 litres of rain per square metre fell.

In San Javier 40 people had to be rescued. Around 30 people in the region had to be retrieved from their cars that had got stuck in the water. Back in los Alcazares, virtually every road was turned into a river for a while with it next to impossible to get around. The town’s medical centre was closed but has now reopened.

Euroweeklynews.com   reported how across Murcia, 10 major roads were closed, although they are opened again.


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