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article imageTorrential rains and flooding in Málaga city, Spain (video)

By Anne Sewell     Nov 17, 2012 in Environment
Heavy rains for the last two days, together with waterspouts on Saturday morning, have caused flooding in Málaga province, with the worse incidences being in the capital city of Málaga.
With the province still recovering from the flooding in September 2012, it has now happened again.
From around 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, emergency calls were coming in for more than 300 incidents, caused by heavy rains and flooding in the province of Málaga. The Andalucian government delegation activated the Emergency Flood Plan at level 1.
Most of the emergency calls were from Málaga city, with flooded homes, garages, premises, cellars and road network problems. Fortunately, so far no injuries or deaths have been reported.
The rise in the level of streams and rivers has caused some flooding in Málaga city, particularly Paseo de Sancha, and in the Casabermeja orchard. Many branches, trees and other objects are lying in the roads due to the wind and heavy rains.
One of three waterspouts in Malaga  Spain on November 17  2012
One of three waterspouts in Malaga, Spain on November 17, 2012
The problems apparently started with three waterspouts which occurred consecutively.
Several of the main arteries of Málaga city, including Avenida de Andalucía, have been flooded, with trash bins swept away by the waters, and some residents had to use their canoes to move in areas such as the Pedregalejo promenade. The Cerrado de Calderón traffic tunnel, part of the ring road of Málaga, was temporarily cut by landslides this morning in the direction of Cadiz but has already been reopened.
The Guadalmedina River, which runs through the center of the city is usually dry, but today was awash with water.
Other flooding was reported in Casabermeja, Almogía and Canillas de Aceituno.
Inland in Alhaurín de la Torre, 35 families were evacuated as a precautionary measure, while four families were moved from their homes in Antequera and two people in Cártama were rescued from their isolated, riverside property.
Álora Mayor, José Sánchez said that some roads had disappeared completely, while a water course through the area was running very high. Residents in the Bellavista district of the municipality lost their drinking water supply after wells which serve them were inundated on Friday. These wells have only recently been repaired from the previous floods in September.
In San Roque (Cádiz), the force of the wind, which the City Hall has described as a "little tornado", has caused damage in the neighborhood of the San Roque station early this morning. Firefighters and local police have had to remove debris to avoid accidents.
Facebook and Twitter images of the flooding can be viewed here.
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