THE Marina Alta and La Sofar comarca’s on Spain’s Costa Blanca have been put on RED ALERT as heavy rains risk flash floods.

Spain’s state meteorological agency AEMET issued the alert at 11:30pm Sunday evening, warning that 180mm of rain have accumulated in the last 12 horas.

The red alert is predicted to last until 6am Monday morning.

“Citizens are asked to maximize precautions, do not use a car and avoid approaching areas that are easy to flood, or dangerous,” said a spokesperson for Teulada Town Hall.

“Civil Protection continues to monitor the most hard-hit areas of the municipality in coordination with the Local Police.”

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“Take extreme precautions if planning to drive or approach the coastal zone,” a spokesperson for Benissa Town Hall said.

“For emergencies, call 112 or 96 5730733.”

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