Spain – Severe Floods in Cadiz After Torrential Rain

Emergency teams in Southern Spain carried out flood rescues on 18 October, 2017, after torrential rain in parts of Andalusia.

Severe flooding was reported in parts of Cadiz province, along with some surface flooding and rockfalls in parts of Malaga province.

According to Spain meteorological agency AEMet (Agencia Estatal de Meteorología) Grazalema in Cádiz recorded 111.4 mm of rain in 24 hours between 17 and 18 October. El Bosque in Cádiz recorded 96.0 mm.

Images on Social Media showed flood water raging through streets of Jerez de la Frontera in Cadiz.

Jerez de la Frontera mayor, Mamen Sánchez said that much of the rain fell in a 45 minute period, where local authorities recorded 47 mm at Guadalete, 75 mm at Laguna de Torrox, 65 mm in Zafer, 47 mm in Los Villares, 62 mm in Nueva Jarilla, 42 mm in El Portal and around 100 mm in Mesas de Asta.

The torrential rain was highly localised. Other areas, such as the local airport, recorded just 12mm during the same period.

Cadiz province fire department (Consorcio de Bomberos de la Provincia de Cádiz) said that were called to over 100 emergencies in Jerez de la Frontera and Puerto de Santa María.

Homes, cellars, garages and businesses were flooded. Numerous streets of Jerez de la Frontera were completely submerged and emergency crews were called upon to rescue several people trapped in their vehicles. In Puerto de Santa María, 3 people were rescued from vehicles in flood water.

Local Police say as many as 200 cars have been damaged in the floods. Schools have been closed and some homes are without electricity. No fatalities or injuries were reported.

The mayor of Jerez de la Frontera and other officials visited the affected areas yesterday, including La Liberación, Zafer, Polila and Mesas de Asta.

Mamen Sánchez said, “There has been no personal injury, fortunately, but there is a lot of material damage, including roads, schools, sports facilities and many cars.”

Flood damage in Jerez, Spain, October 2017
Photo: Ayuntamiento de Jerez

Rockfall in Malaga

According to local media, the heavy rain also caused a major rockfall in the Serrania de Ronda,in the western part of province of Málaga, where huge boulders blocked the road between Jimera de Líbar and Benaoján.

Some surface flooding was also reported in parts of Malaga.

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Flood Summary

Last updated: October 20, 2017
Southern Spain, October 2017
October 17 to October 19, 2017
Urban flood, Flash flood
Extreme rainfall


A - Grazalema
B - Bosque
C - Guadalete
D - Laguna de Torrox
E - Barrio Zafer, Jerez
F - Los Villares
G - Nueva Jarilla
H - El Portal
I - Mesas de Asta


Rainfall level
111.4 mm in 24 hours
Grazalema, Cadiz - October 17 to October 18, 2017
AEMet figures
Rainfall level
96 mm in 24 hours
El Bosque in Cádiz - October 17 to October 18, 2017
AEMet figures


Cars damaged
200 cars
Cadiz province - October 17 to October 19, 2017
20 people
Cadiz province - October 17 to October 19, 2017
estimated figure