Spain – Hundreds Evacuated After Floods in Galicia

Hundreds of people were evacuated from their homes on Wednesday 30 March 2016 after floods in parts of Galicia, north western Spain.

Sada, a municipality of around 12,000 people in the province of A Coruña, was one of the worst hit areas after heavy rain, overflowing rivers and a high tide combined to flood several areas of the city.

Although exact figures are unavailable, it is estimated that hundreds were forced to evacuate their homes. Emergency teams using 5 rescue boats assisted with evacuations. Those displaced are either staying with friends or relatives, or have been accommodated in nearby hostels, according to a statement from the local government, which is making arrangements for the municipality be declared a disaster area.

Soon after the flooding occurred, the local government issued a statement on 30 March saying that constant rain over the past 24 hours, added to the high tide this morning and the large volume of water in rivers that flow into Sada, flooding has occurred in the city centre, particularly in the areas around Lagoa, rúa Culleredo, rúa Venezuela, Riobao, and O Castro, and the parishes of Mondego and Mosteirón.

Much of the flood water had receded by yesterday, when provincial president, Valentín González Formoso, visited affected areas, noting the considerable number of homes and business that have suffered damage.

Flooding was also reported in Cambre, after the río Gándara overflowed. Some minor flooding was also reported in the areas of Oleiros, Arteixo and Betanzos.

La Coruña recorded 75 mm of rain in a 24 hour period between 29 and 30 March. Almost 20 mm had fallen the previous day. Oveido also recorded heavy rain, with 53 mm falling in 24 hours, 29 to March, 2016.

Floods in Sada, Galicia, Spain, March 2016. Photo: Concello de Sada
Floods in Sada, Galicia, Spain, March 2016. Photo: Concello de Sada
Floods in Sada, Galicia, Spain, March 2016. Photo: Concello de Sada
Floods in Sada, Galicia, Spain, March 2016. Photo: Concello de Sada
Floods in Sada, Galicia, Spain, March 2016. Photo: Concello de Sada
Floods in Sada, Galicia, Spain, March 2016. Photo: Concello de Sada

Flood Summary

Last updated: July 15, 2016
Event
Galicia, Spain, March 2016
Date
March 30 to April 1, 2016
Type
Coastal flood, Inland flood, River flood
Cause
Extreme rainfall, High tide
Heavy rain and a high tide combined to cause severe flooding in Sada in the province of A Coruña. Heavy rain and overflowing rivers also caused flooding in several other locations of the province.

Locations

Sada, A Coruña

Magnitude

Rainfall level
75 mm in 24 hours
La Coruña - March 29 to March 30, 2016

Damages

Evacuated
200 people
Sada - March 29 to March 30, 2016
estimated figures
Buildings damaged
50 buildings
Sada
estimated figures