Torrential rain causes flooding chaos in Malaga province

Two tourists had to be rescued in Velez-Malaga due to the dangerous downpours, which also caused a mini tornado, landslides and trees to fall in the Sierra regions and on the Costa del Sol

LAST UPDATED: 28 Nov, 2016 @ 12:06
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Heavy rain closes a main road in Cartama
Heavy rain closes a main road in Cartama

A DELUGE of rain caused flooding chaos in Malaga over the weekend.

Two tourists had to be rescued in Velez-Malaga due to the dangerous downpours, which also caused a mini tornado, landslides and trees to fall in the Sierra regions and on the Costa del Sol.

La Sierra de Mijas, Fuengirola, Marbella, Guadalhorce and Coín saw the most intense rain fall, which led to around 160 emergency calls being made in just two days.

Over one third of the area´s total rainfall for 2015, 165 litres, fell in the province from when the rain first started last Monday until Sunday evening.

Emergency services were called to save two people from their car in Almayate Alto near Velez-Malaga after they got caught up in a flood.

A tree felled by a mini tornado on Arroyo de Miel in Benalmadena
A tree felled by a mini tornado on Arroyo de Miel in Benalmadena. Photo by Objetivo Tormenta

A mini tornado caused by the inclement weather destroyed trees and

caused damaged on Benalmádena´s Arroyo de Miel and Avenida Tívoli.

 

Fire brigades worked hard to remove rocks from landslides and fallen trees in Malaga city, on the Calle Oropéndola de Fuengirola and on Alhaurin de la Torre´s main road.

In Cartama, a main road under a bridge was rendered impassable after a nearby river bank burst, while some drivers were left trapped in their cars due to flooded streets in Mijas and Fuengirola.

Marbella´s main Avenida Nabeul  was also flooded, just one day after it re-opened following roadworks that were supposed to have resolved drainage issues.

Firefighters also had to rescue a car that had become stuck in the mud in Las Lagunas, Mijas.

Avenida Nabuel flooded. Photo by Planet Marbella
Avenida Nabuel flooded. Photo by Planet Marbella

The fierce rain also caused untold amounts of damage to people´s basements and houses.

Further afield, Valencia was also hit by flooding, while hail fell in Cordoba.

But the torrential rain was not all bad news for the area.

Malaga´s reservoirs are now over one third full (39,4%), after being at their lowest levels since 2009.

Nature lovers have also been enjoying the rebirth of rivers that have been dry throughout the year due to the lack of rain.

People have been urged to take care next weekend, when more downpours are expected.

The Protección Civil has advised travel on main roads only during heavy rain, avoiding slippy or uneven routes.

In hilly regions, people should stay clear of lower areas at risk of landslides.



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