Thursday, February 2

Efraín causes floods, pools of water and roadblocks in Spain

The intense rainfall registered in the last hours by the deep Efraín storm has caused numerous incidents in Spain on Tuesday, such as flooding in homes or garages, pools of water, road cuts or the rescue of some people who have been surprised by the rain . The storm has put a total of ten communities on alert due to rain, strong gusts of wind or rough seas, with a special incidence in Extremadura, Castilla-La Mancha, Andalusia and the Region of Murcia.

Precisely Extremadura has been one of the most affected regions with 1,608 calls received by the 112 Emergency and Emergency Center from last midnight to 1:00 p.m. this Tuesday.

In this community, 363 incidents have been managed, at least 225 of them related to the storm, which have consisted of technical assistance for drainage, road cleaning, presence of rafts or waterfalls, road closures or the rescue of trapped people .

The most affected town has been La Roca de la Sierra, in Badajoz, where the mobilized official media have participated in the rescue of ten people, all of them unharmed, who have been moved to facilities proposed by the town council.

The flow of the stream that passes through the town has grown to flood numerous homes in the municipality and the water has reached the door of the town hall, according to municipal sources. The heavy rainfall has also caused flooding in many homes and garages in Zarza de Granadilla, in Cáceres, a town that can only be entered through one access.

Nearly twenty roads in Extremadura remain closed to traffic or register significant interruptions in the passage of vehicles as a result of dragging and accumulations of water, or due to the subsidence of the road.

The Badajoz City Council has decided to close parks, gardens and outdoor sports facilities in the city due to the storm, which has forced members of the Civil Guard to help the parents of students from the Los Angeles Special Education Center to pick up their children by the bag of water that has formed at the entrance. Faced with this situation, the Junta de Extremadura has raised this Tuesday the emergency level 1 of the Special Civil Protection Plan for Flood Risk (Inuncaex).

In Madrid, another of the communities affected by Efraín, 156 incidents have been recorded due to pools of water and flooding of garages, already managed by 112, and firefighters have carried out 171 interventions in the capital and in various municipalities, none serious.

The constant rain registered this Tuesday in the Madrid region has forced the Madrid City Council to activate the Flood Action Plan at level 0 and the mayor, José Luis Martínez-Almeida, has asked for caution, especially when driving.

The bad weather has also been noticeable in Castilla-La Mancha, where there have been 54 incidents from this midnight to 2:00 p.m., half of them in the province of Toledo, and most of them have been drainage and obstacles in the road, while at least five highways have had to be cut.

Despite the fact that no serious incidents have taken place, according to sources from the emergency and emergency service, a man who was in his vehicle in San Martín de Pusa, in Toledo, was surrounded by water and climbed on top of the car waiting for the fire brigade to arrive.

In addition, the rainfall that has fallen in recent weeks in the province of Cuenca has considerably increased the flow of smaller rivers such as the Escabas, in Cañamares, in the Serranía region, which has overflowed in some points, such as in the area of ​​” The beach”.

The rains have also abundantly increased the flow of the Júcar river as it passes through the city of Cuenca, which at 2:00 p.m. this Tuesday exceeded 70 cubic meters per second, for which the authorities have closed the riverbank and have Citizens are asked to be careful.

In Castilla y León, the Duero Hydrographic Confederation (CHD) remains vigilant in the face of an expected increase in flows, which may lead to the warning levels being exceeded in sections of sixteen rivers in Salamanca, Ávila, Segovia, Zamora, Valladolid , Burgos and Soria.

Meanwhile, in Andalusia, the Huelva-Zafra railway line has been reopened, which has been cut since early Tuesday, as it passes through Jabugo and Valdelamusa, in Huelva, after registering a landslide due to the rains that fell in the area.

Likewise, 559 Huelva primary students from CEIP José Nogales de Aracena have been forced to resume online classes from home due to a series of deficiencies in the center aggravated by the rain.