IT ONLY lasted around an hour and a half but it was enough to wreak havoc across the city and, above all, the sea walk which was completely flooded and had to be closed to traffic.
The weather report had warned of heavy rains but until the early afternoon there was good weather and then it all changed when the rain began to fall in earnest.
On the Cami de sa Vileta, a classic flooding area, cars found more than eight centimetres of water on some parts of the road and on the Andreu Torrens crossing the lights went out – the scene was set for the usual chaos that happens when there is heavy rain in Palma.
The real problem, according to a Green party spokesperson, is that the drainage system is not big enough for the torrential downpours that can happen on the island and, as a result, roads, businesses and private houses suffer the consequences.
In the hour and a half that it lasted the rain provoked 32 separate incidents ranging from the inconsequential like roads being closed, to the serious like businesses being flooded.