16 Sep, 2019 @ 18:06
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WATCH: Guardia Civil helicopter comes to rescue three people trapped by floodwater in Dolores on the Costa Blanca

THIS is the moment a Guardia Civil helicopter rescued three people trapped in the house after devastating floods rocked the Costa Blanca.

The survivors were airlifted to safety from the Alicante town of Dolores, which was hit early on Friday morning by floodwaters as electricity and water supplies were severed.

It comes after the Guardia Civil rescued 1,500 people on Saturday alone, according to a statement.

Nearly 4,000 people were in total evacuated from towns in the Vega Baja region as rainfall of more than 300 l/m² struck in just two days.

The city of Orihuela – one of the worst hit – received a record-breaking 425.4 l/m² of rainfall. This is almost twice the annual average of 260 l/m².

A total of 1,100 military personnel were also deployed to bring those hit to safety.

It comes as a British father of two 10-year-olds told the Olive Press how he too narrowly escaped entrapment after floodwaters struck his house in Dolores at 5am last Friday.

READ MORE: British father with two 10-year-olds describes ‘fleeing for his family’s life’ after flash floods 4ft-deep struck on Friday morning

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.

Contact me now: [email protected] or call +44 07960046259. Twitter: @jjparfitt

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