22 Sep, 2021 @ 13:30
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Cars swept away in flashfloods as Spain’s Balearic Islands battered by storms

Flooding

STORMS are continuing to batter the Balearics with severe flooding destroying homes, businesses and roads. 

The worst hit are Menorca and Mallorca, which remains on orange alert as more heavy rain and thunderstorms are expected. 

The torrential rainfall throughout the Balearics has caused chaos, immersing streets and roads in fast-flowing rivers of rainwater. Houses and businesses have also become water-logged following the deluge.

The Guardia Civil, the Consell Fire Department, Local Police and 112 emergency Services were inundated with calls for help from residents in Alcudia, Pollensa, Muro, Felanitx, Soller, sa Pobla, Palma and Manacor.

Alcudia was one of the worst affected areas with access roads submerged in water and closed to traffic. Fire crews rescued one man from his car after being trapped in floods on the Alcudia ring road.

Volunteers came out in force using buckets to help clear the water in streets near s’Albufera in Playa de Muro, until emergency services arrived to assist. 

In Pollensa, an empty car was swept away in the torrent. The treacherous weather also caused trees to topple, blocking roads and stone walls to collapse in Portocolom, Soller, Manacor and Palma.

The neighbouring island of Menorca has also been badly hit with 14 incidents recorded in Ferreries, Es Mercadal, Ciutadella and Mahón.

More than 80 litres per m2 of rain fell in one hour in the Municipality of Ferreries and the Son Granot torrent burst its banks, flooding the Maó-Ciutadella road and several estates and side roads in the area. 

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Terenia Taras

Terenia Taras has been a regular Olive Press columnist since April 2020 after moving to Mallorca in the same year. Having spent over 20 years working as a journalist for the UK national press, including as an investigative journalist for the infamous News of the World newspaper. When she's not venting in the Olive Press, Terenia loves to travel, read and interior design. Got a story? Email [email protected]

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