Weekend of rain sees flooding across the Costa del Sol

2016-12-04 10:00:00

This weekend's wet weather meant busy switchboards for the police and emergency services. On Saturday the heavy downpours brought new images of flooded roads and basements, with traffic flow on other roads in the province being complicated by falling rocks or trees.
The worst hit areas were the Costa del Sol and the Guadalhorce valley, however the entire province was not without effects of the weekend's downpours.
The majority of emergency calls were made from Mijas, Fuengirola and Alhaurín de la Torre. By Saturday lunchtime some 149 litres of water per square metre had fallen in Mijas, at that point the greatest volume in the province. Water had to be pumped out of Dunnes Stores and the emergency services were called out to help rescue drivers from cars trapped on flooded roads: five at the Islas Marianas roundabout and others on the Alhaurín road.
The fire brigade closed a flooded Camino Viejo de Coín twice on Saturday. In Fuengirola business premises on the seafront were flooded as was the ground floor of the police station, among other incidents.
A driver had to be rescued from a vehicle in the Santa Amalia area of Alhaurín de la Torre and there were reports of leaks at the provincial prison.
Wind and rain combined brought added chaos in Benalmádena in the form of a mini tornado which affected Avenida de Tivoli in Arroyo de la Miel and Avenida de la Libertad. It left several trees on the ground as well as causing damage to some properties.
In Marbella the rain brought back some of the old flooding problems due to poor drainage. The tunnel under the A-7 that leads to the hotel Vincci Estrella del Mar was flooded, and the worst problems occurred near local streams and around the river Guadaiza.