Spain floods: Torrent rushes down street in Toldeo
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Scenes of horror unfolded in east and central Spain this Wednesday as floods destroyed homes and businesses, and washed out cars into the Mediterranean Sea. Thousands of people were left without access to electricity when intense thunderstorms tore down power lines and blocked off roads and halted rail services. With a cleanup underway, Spanish weather forecasters have warned flood and rain alerts are still in effect for parts of the country, including many hotspots frequented by British tourists.
On the northeast coast, it is estimated more than 55 gallons (250l) per square metre of rain fell on the town of Alcanar.
This part of the country typically receives about half as much rainfall in a year.
The town’s streets were overrun with water, mud and debris forcing residents to seek higher elevations.
Dramatic photos show cars being swept away by the fast-running waters and into the sea where they were crushed against the rocks.
Parts of spain were submerged after intense thrunderstorms (Image: GETTY/EXPRESS)
Cars were dragged out into the Mediterranean Sea by the floods (Image: GETTY)
At least three residents who were trapped in the floods were airlifted to safety by firefighters in a helicopter.
Many more were rescued from their cars as the waters quickly rose around them.
Some of the most intense floodings occurred in the Tarragona, Castellon and Toledo provinces.
In the town of Cosiba, south of Toledo, police officers heroically rescued 37 people caught by the floods.
And in the coastal region of Valencia, emergency services received nearly 700 calls relating to trapped cars and flooded property.
As of Friday morning, yellow weather alerts are still in effect for Lleida, Barcelona, Valle de Aran, Ampurdan and Castellon.
An amber alert is also in place for Barcelona and the surrounding regions.
The worst flooding ocurred along the east coast of Spain (Image: EXPRESS)
Weather warnings are still in effect for parts of Spain (Image: AEMET)
On Thursday, the weather alerts were extended to the Balearic Islands just off the east coast of Spain, but have since been retracted.
The Spanish archipelago is home to the tourist hotspots of Mallorca, Menorca, Ibiza, and Formentera.
Spanish authorities have confirmed two German tourists in Mallorca drowned after going for a swim in the rough waters around Cala Mandia.
In the autonomous region of Catalonia, weather stations reported a staggering three inches (77mm) of rainfall in just 30 minutes.
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Coastal towns were left covered in mud and debris from the floods (Image: GETTY)
Two German tourists drowned on the island of Mallorca after going for a swim in the sea (Image: GETTY)
Ruben del Campo, a spokesman for Spain’s AEMET weather agency, said: “Spain is observing, above all in points of the Mediterranean, periods of torrential rain that are more intense and longer periods of drought that are interrupted by these intense rains.”
An amber alert was issued for Madrid on Wednesday but the capital evaded the worst weather.
However, the floods caused disruptions to the high-speed Madrid-Toledo line and other railway connections into the country.
According to a report in El País, some 500 people were evacuated from the village of Ulldecona, southeast of Barcelona, after being trapped in an industrial park.
Ana Isabel Vinuesa, a businesses owner in Castilla-La Mancha, was inside of a building when torrential rain began to break in.
She said: “Suddenly, a small ceiling leak inside the warehouse turned into rivers of water and mud.
“I started to scream for help out the window and asked for buckets.
“There was a moment when I felt so helpless that all I could do was sit down and cry.”