Spain – Flash Floods in Murcia After 120mm of Rain in 24 Hours

A storm in southern Spain has caused flash flooding in parts of Murcia Region, prompting high water rescues and some evacuations.

Emergency services in Murcia said they received 534 calls for assistance and carried out over 400 interventions during the storm 02 to 04 December, 2019, including around 30 people rescued from vehicles trapped in flood water.

Flooding was reported in Los Alcázares, San Javier and Cartagena, where around 100 people were temporarily evacuated from their homes. Roads were blocked in several locations and schools were suspended in Los Alcázares.

San Javier recorded more than 120mm of rain in 24 hours to 03 December. High waves and strong winds worsened the flooding in coastal areas.

In neighbouring Valencia Region, waves of up to 4 metres were recorded in Castellón, Valencia and Alicante provinces. Wind gusts of 78 km/h were also reported in the region. Emergency services in Valencia received responded to 198 incidents during the storm. Some areas of Valencia Province recorded more than 300mm of rain in 48 hours to 04 December.

Parts of Girona, Barcelona, Tarragona, Castellón, Valencia, Alicante and the Balearic Islands remain on alert for heavy rains and high waves.

At least 6 people died and thousands were evacuated after severe flooding in south east Spain in September this year.

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