Portugal – Heavy Rain Triggers Flash Floods in Alentejo Region

Severe weather including strong winds, heavy rain and snow has affected Portugal over the last few days.

News agency Lusa says flooding has affected dozens of locations in Beja, Évora and Portalegre districts in the Alentejo Region. Roads have been blocked and some houses and public buildings damaged.

As of 16 December there were 14 incidents of flooding in the district of Évora, 12 in Portalegre and 6 in Beja district. As of 16 December the flooding appeared to be minor and there have been no reports of casualties or evacuations.

Strong winds have also caused damage in Moura municipality in Beja district, and in Évora city.

Portugal’s national meteorological institute, Instituto Português do Mar e da Amosfera (IPMA) reported 60.5mm of rain fell on 16 December in Portalegre and 51.5mm in Évora.

Heavier rain was seen further north with 141.4mm of rain falling on 16 December in Guarda and 101.8mm during the same period in Sabugal.