13 Sep, 2019 @ 18:31
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Segura river breaks its banks in numerous locations as Costa Blanca south is hit by torrential rains and flash floods

THE Segura river has broken its banks at numerous locations between Orihuela and Guardamar del Segura.

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Footage from just after noon today shows the moment the usually-dry river overflowed just outside Algorfa.

Other municipalities hit include Orihuela, Benejúzar, Rojales and Almoradí.

Municipalities across the Vega Baja, through the Local Police, are informing residents who live on the ground floor ‘to go to the refuges provided by the municipalities to house the evacuated people and keep them out of danger’ – president of the Diputación de Alicante, Carlos Mazón.

He said the members of the Provincial Firefighters Consortium working with 100% of their personnel.

The army has also been called in to aid the worst-hit areas, such as Orihuela city.

It comes as rains exceeding 200 l/m² have hit municipalities across Costa Blanca south, according to weather watching group Proyecto Mastral.

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Joshua Parfitt

Joshua James Parfitt is the Costa Blanca correspondent for the Olive Press. He holds a gold-standard NCTJ in multimedia journalism from the award-winning News Associates in Twickenham. His work has been published in the Sunday Times, Esquire, the Mail on Sunday, the Daily Mail, the Sun, the Sun on Sunday, the Mirror, among others. He has appeared on BBC Breakfast to discuss devastating flooding in Spain, as well as making appearances on BBC and LBC radio stations.

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