ADRA’s mayor visited neighbourhoods affected by the monsoon-like rain that overwhelmed the town last Monday. “Our priority is restoring normality and helping families who must cope with material damage,” said Adra’s mayor Manuel Cortes.
He was inspecting the aftermath of torrential rain that fell throughout the province although Almeria’s Poniente suffered most and Adra in particular.
The downpour turned the town’s principal streets into torrents half-a-metre deep that inundated ground floors and garages, smashed shop windows and swept along vehicles and anything in their path. The town was celebrating fiestas but these were put on hold as Cortes, accompanied by local councillors, visited the worst-affected areas.
Adra’s emergency services, municipal services and the police worked flat out to re-establish normality, answering 40 calls for help. “Rapid response is vital in these situations to minimise the consequences as far as we are able,” Cortes said.
All local administrations had been involved the mayor added. An information centre was set up to assist the more than 70 Adra residents whose homes were affected by the cloudburst and accommodation found for those unable to return to their homes that night.