Spain – Flash Floods in Malaga After 130mm of Rain in 6 Hours

Storms in the Province of Malaga, southern Spain, resulted in widespread flash flooding on 19 February 2017 causing damage to homes, roads and vehicles.

The city of Malaga was the worst affected area. Spain’s meteorological office, AEMET, says that the the port of Malaga recorded 152.6 mm of rain in 24 hours on 19 February, with as much as 130.06 mm of that total falling in a 6 hour period.

Emergency services say they responded to 230 incidents during the heavy rainfall. However, there have been no reported fatalities or injuries.

Roads collapsed and buildings flooded. Torrents of water swept through the streets of the city, dragging vehicles along with it. There were also reports of landslides along the A-45 highway in Casabermeja, triggered by the heavy rain.

AEMET issued a red level (highest) warning for parts of the province of Malaga on 18 February, 2017.

Rain and flood warnings in Southern Spain, 19 February 2017. Image: AEMET

As of early 20 February, mostly yellow level alerts remained in place in parts of Andalusia, with orange level in along some areas off the coast.

Image: AEMET

This is the fifth major flooding incident to hit the southern coast of Spain since October last year.

Two people died in floods between 03 December and 05 December 2016 along a stretch of the coast from Malaga to Gibraltar.

Five people died in flooding in Valencia and Murcia that began on 17 December 2016.

Rainfall

  • Málaga, Puerto – 152.6 mm
  • Málaga, Centro Meteorológico – 65.2 mm
  • Torremolinos – 54.4 mm
  • Rincon de la Victoria Málaga – 35.6 mm
  • Fuengirola – 31.6 mm

Social Media

https://twitter.com/Malagaaldia1/status/833259426979123200

https://twitter.com/JesusNavarro/status/833354714104340481

Flood Summary

Last updated: February 22, 2017
Event
Malaga, Spain, February 2017
Date
February 18 to February 20, 2017
Type
Urban flood, Landslide
Cause
Extreme rainfall

Locations

A - Malaga
B - Casabermeja
C - Torremolinos

Magnitude

Rainfall level
152.6 mm in 24 hours
Port of Malaga - February 19 to February 19, 2017
Rainfall level
65.2 mm in 24 hours
Málaga, Centro Meteorológico - February 19 to February 19, 2017
Rainfall level
54.4 mm in 24 hours
Torremolinos - February 19 to February 19, 2017

Damages

Rescued
230 people
February 19 to February 19, 2017
Emergency services say they responded to 230 incidents during the heavy rainfall.