Tuesday, September 27

Downpours in Tarragona cause heavy flooding and collapse the city

The heavy rains this Friday afternoon in the Camp de Tarragona have caused serious flooding and have left cars stranded in various locations in the territory, especially in the capital, where images have been seen of streets turned into rivers and even the ground floor of the Hospital Santa Tecla impracticable by water. The Firefighters, who have received dozens of calls in a few hours, have also explained that there has been flooding in a residence in La Canonja and in a school in Catllar. In addition, the N-340 in Vila-seca has been cut due to flooding.

Another consequence of the rain has been that the City Council has decided to suspend the events of the Santa Tecla festival “with the aim of prioritizing the safety of citizens.” Due to the power of the water in some streets, the authorities have recommended not using the car and not even leaving the house if it is not essential.

The water has caused flooding in the courtyard of the Miracle school, also in Tarragona, and has dragged many cars to the Arrabassada neighborhood, near the beach. Another consequence is that the flow of the river Francolí has ​​grown considerably, although it seems that it has not overflowed.

The City Council calculates that the water that has fallen exceeds 100 liters per square meter, and indicates that this has caused flooding in different areas of the city such as the Part Baixa, the surroundings of the N-340 in the neighborhoods of Ponent, the section under Països Catalans avenue in Sant Pere and Sant Pau and the promenades and accesses to the city’s beaches.

In some parts of the city, 50 liters per square meter have been touched in just 30 minutes.

Affected infrastructures

In the field of the road network, it has been necessary to cut the N-340 and the AP-7 in Vila-seca due to flooding and in the same AP-7 there are several sections affected by puddles. The C-32 in El Vendrell, the N-340 in Coma-ruga and the A-2 in Sant Joan Despí are also affected.

Trains have also suffered the consequences of the rain, and the R17 Cercanías lines and RT2 between Tarragona and Port-Aventura have been affected due to lack of voltage in the catenary. An alternative road service has been established.

Until half past six in the afternoon, the Fire Department received 94 notifications in the Tarragona Emergency Region as a result of the storm. 73 came from Tarragona city, but there have also been Altafulla (4) and Reus (5).

Telephone 112 has attended to 478 calls until seven in the afternoon related to 287 incidents derived from the rains. 322 calls have been made from Tarragona city, 37 from El Catllar and 22 from Reus.





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