27 Feb, 2010 @ 09:00
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Yes, it’s the wettest winter ever – official

TWO months of almost continual rain has seen Andalucia suffer its wettest winter ever.

The weather pattern, not seen for 13 years, has caused over a billion euros of damage from floods.

The two months of December and January were already the fourth rainest on record.

But when coupled with February it is the wettest period of all time.

Some of the worst flooding was seen in Jerez, which was cut off due to bad weather when its main motorway, airport and train station shut.

In Alhaurin de la Torre floods caused dozens of homes to be evacuated, while a total of 26 horses were killed in nearby fields (see story right).

On the coast pupils were evacuated from two schools in Manilva and Marbella due to landslides, while a wall collapsed in San Pedro.

Entrance roads to the A7 were cut off by floods, while in Estepona several rivers burst their banks leading to flooding of the marina.

The good news though is that the aquifers have been refilled and all seven of Malaga’s reservoirs were overflowing.

Cadiz received its annual rainfall in less than two months and the province has enough water to last for at least three years with reservoirs at least 85 per cent full.

The freak weather is scheduled to finally come to an end this weekend.

Jon Clarke (Publisher & Editor)

Jon Clarke is a Londoner who worked at the Daily Mail and Mail on Sunday as an investigative journalist before moving permanently to Spain in 2003 where he helped set up the Olive Press. He is the author of three books; Costa Killer, Dining Secrets of Andalucia and My Search for Madeleine.

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