AN 87-year-old man has been pulled from his sinking car after he skidded into a ditch during this week’s gota fría storms.

Guardia Civil and Policía Local attended the octogenarian at 5.30pm on Monday following calls the man had entered the Barranco San Cayetano near to Crevillente, in Alicante.

The man reportedly remained trapped in his vehicle until the emergency services succeeded in rescuing him from the flood waters.

He was thankfully unhurt.

Emergency services nevertheless urged ‘there could still be a risk that of cars slipping on the roads, due to the heavy rain’.

The 112 Emergency phone received on Monday 336 calls related to emergency situations in the Valencian region. The regional Emergency Coordination Center also registered 227 incidents.

It comes as rain as heavy as 150 l/m2 have been recorded on the Costa Blanca following a gota fría storm front.

The worst hit was the region of Barx, registering 150 l/m2 since the rains hit, followed by 111 l/m2 Miramar, 105 l/m2 in Pinet and Oliva, 85 l/m2 in Polinyà de Xúquer, 80 l/m2 in Villalonga, 73 l/m2 in Ròtova, 65 l/m2 in Alzira and Jávea, 61 l/m2 in Swedish and 44 l/m2 in Xàtiva.

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