Tag: Rain

Driving in Rain

Changes in the weather provides significant risk to road users, and so our driving must be adapted at
all times.
Rain is one of the biggest contributors to weather related incidents.
In Spain, long, dry periods are often followed by significant rainfall.
In the first rainfall after a dry spell, the roads are particularly hazardous, as water falls onto the dust
and surface coating on the road, creating extremely poor adhesion in places.
Plus, drainage systems are not always able to cope with the immediacy of the downpour, and so
roads become flooded, particularly in dips which are designed to control the flow of water.
When driving in wet weather, slow down and allow extra distance between you and the car in front.
This will mean that you should allow extra time for your journey, or be prepared to arrive late. It is
far better to arrive late, than not at all.
Movements should be slow and steady, not harsh, to ensure your tyres are able to maintain as much
grip as possible, and if you think you or your vehicle are not prepared to drive in wet conditions,
then don´t.
Windscreen wipers and headlights will allow for better visibility, not only for you, but other road
users too.
Take care, take it easy and take it slow.

The big cleanup

Cleaning up after the rain

Following the torrential downpours of the weekend of the 17th and 18th December, the mayor of Torrevieja, José Manuel Dolón, held a press conference with the councillor for safety, Javier Manzanares, to thank all those services and individuals who contributed to addressing the crisis. He also thanked the town’s people who responded well to advice.
The town council had taken the decision to close the schools in order to avoid possible disruption or injury with streets full of water, fallen branches and trees, roads closed and limited access to the town centre. Other disruption was caused due to the flooding of the beaches and the washing away of sand.
Councillor Manzanares thanked the local police and the efforts of the civil protection volunteers who had thirty people available for 72 hours and who were responsible for pumping out excess water, moving items blown out into the street and clearing channels to ensure that water could be released more quickly.
Councillor Manzanares confirmed that all roads were open from the 19th December and the nine people who were evacuated from their four properties on calle Urbano Arregui and Ramón Ruibal and moved to a hotel were back in their own homes.
Over the course of the weekend the Guardia Civil assisted with the evacuation of houses, attended the site of three collapsed structures, rescued five people who were trapped in two vehicles and attended a fire caused by a short circuit. Fire engines were called out to attend to 43 incidents on roads and property.
Manzanares added that everyone responded; ‘well and in a coordinated manner. We have learnt a lot.’ The weekend of flooding also drew attention to the lack of suitability of the proposed site of Villa Amalia for Amanecer school as the area experienced a lot of flooding. ‘We have to take into account that the area is below ground level,’ explained councillor Manzanares, who added that the site would also be affected by any increase in width of the N332.
The council in Torrevieja also met with Agamed to discuss the problems that occurred and how they might be avoided another time. Altogether a total of 150 litres of rain was registered and Agamed were praised for the situation in Torrevieja not having led to more disruption and destruction. The areas worst affected included la avenida Cortes Valencianas and the Torreta Florida area where a pump was broken. The meeting was also an opportunity to discuss the water company’s working practices.
Suzanne O’Connell
 
 
 
 
 
 

The rain in Spain

The rain in Spain
Weekend deluge causes chaos on the Costa Blanca

Torrential rain across the Spain has wreaked havoc and the Southern Costa Blanca has had more than its fair share. More than 15mm of rain fell in just one hour on Sunday which added to the heavy rain fall experienced on Saturday. The whole of the Coast was placed on Orange alert over the weekend, beginning on Friday evening, which was then extended into the early part of this week.
So far the deluge has officially claimed the life of one person in the province of Alicante – an elderly man who drowned in Finestrat – and has forced emergency services to work around the clock carrying out rescue operations.
The regions of Murcia and Valencia have been the hardest hit, with the regional government in the latter warning residents to avoid going out in their cars unless absolutely necessary.
All schools across the Municipalities of Orihuela, Torrevieja and more were closed on Monday after the emergency committees held an emergency meeting on Sunday. Several roads were closed by Policia Local including parts of the N340, the San Miguel to Algorfa road through Los Perez, access to Playa Flamenca beach near the Town Hall and several roads were flooded but just passable.
In Torrevieja, there were images on social media of heavy seas and waves spilling on to paseos and over walls. As usual, the roads in many parts of the town were flooded, not an unusual sight. However, the length of time during which rain continued to fall was out of the ordinary.
The rainfall brought with it difficulties to Torrevieja’s roads. Four people were slightly injured in a traffic accident involving two cars at the junction of la Avenida del Maestro Francisco Casanovas with Calle Almudena. Emergency services were called as passengers were believed to be trapped in one of the vehicles. Ambulances, a fire engine and police cars attended the scene. However, the injuries were less serious than expected.
The situation was particularly bad on roads such as the Avenida de las Cortes Valencianas where the water accumulates even when the rain is not torrential. Extra police were on duty around the town and ready to answer calls for help. Some other streets were blocked off including the zone around the ITV building near Torreta 2 and Avenida Delfina Viudes.
It was the combination of both the wind and rain that was responsible for perhaps one of the biggest collapses in Torrevieja, that of the Pergola in the main square of La Mata. The pergola, which provides shade during the summer on the Encarnación Puchol, was torn up by the wind and luckily there were no injuries.
Police ordered the removal of cars from the street leading to the paseo following its collapse. The area is now cordoned off until further notice preventing people from walking through and local businesses will not be able to open until the area is safe.
Locals were astonished on Sunday as the beach bar on La Zenia beach was in danger of being washed away and needed a team of municipal workers with diggers to try and save it.
Around three inches of rain (7.5 centimetres, or 75 litres per square metre) was registered in 12 hours in Valencia province, whilst winds of between 60 and 75 kilometres per hour (38-47mph) have been registered in Elche.
The alerts were still in place at the time of going to press, but it is understood the Met office will begin to fade them out from Monday evening (19th December). It is believed to be the worst weather for 30 years.
Mireille Toddington and Suzanne O’Connell
 
 

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