Over 100mm of rain fell in just a few hours in north-eastern Spain, causing flash floods in the Navarre region on 08 July, 2019.
According to Meteo Navarra, the town of Guetádar recorded 158.9 mm of rain in 24 hours on 08 July, and Tafalla 100.2 mm.
The rain caused the Cidacos (Zidacos) river to break its banks, flooding areas around the towns of Tafalla, Olite, Pueyo, Pitillas and Beire. The municipality of Tafalla has been declared catastrophic zone.
Civil Protection said that levels of the Cidacos river at Olite jumped from 0.18 metres to 5.75 metres, and the flow rate from 0.3 to 262.3 m3/s. Although not yet confirmed, this is possibly a record high level for the river in Olite.
The regional government said that the material damage caused by the flooding was far-reaching, affecting cars, garages, storerooms, basements, shops, industries, sports areas and the N-121 road between Pamplona and Tudela. Rail transport was also interrupted, as was power supply to thousands of homes.
The government of Navarre said would take 1 to 2 months to repair the damages on the national N-121 road. Dozens of other roads, including parts of the AP-15, were also closed.
Images on Social Media showed car being dragged along streets by flood water. The regional fire service said that, as of 09 July, they were continuing to find abandoned cars trapped in flood waters.
One fatality was reported as a result of the floods after a man drowned in his vehicle in the municipality of Ezprogui.
#Tafalla RT @Armeteo INUNDACIONES TAFALLA | 100 l/m2 en unas pocas horas han caído en #Tafalla. Una situación histórica. Seguiremos informando… pic.twitter.com/cEJZ9V8TLl
— P. Civil Tolosa (@PCTolosa) July 8, 2019
Impacta ver la fuerza del #agua. Estado de la N121 en #Pueyo pic.twitter.com/co4vpgpoOT
— Policía Foral-Foruzaingoa (@policiaforal_na) July 8, 2019
Impresionante inundación en Tafalla https://t.co/gwMcG1f7Nx pic.twitter.com/XmHsRtXH7E
— Diario de Noticias (@NoticiasNavarra) July 8, 2019