Sudden storm brings chaos

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FURTHER storms earlier this week brought Alicante to a standstill.

Within 10 minutes of the rains falling, 23 litres per square metre of water was collected bringing the infrastructure to a standstill.

Firefighters and Local Police in the city issued several flood warnings and were called to deal with a fallen tree in Calle Bellea Foc, but there were no casualties involved. Classrooms at the Santo Angel special school were flooded along with the Rectory at the University of Alicante. There were also leaks in the General Hospital and five lifts were closed.

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Traffic on the tram line number two, which connects San Vicente with the city of Alicante, had to be stopped for 50 minutes due to accumulation of water in some parts of the route and poor visibility and delays were suffered on line four which runs along the beach of San Juan.

The heavy storm also caused chaos in Torrevieja with 30 litres per square metre of water coming down in just 20 minutes. Following a morning of sunshine, the rain and hail surprised residents and came just a day after Mayor Jose Manuel Dolon said flood plans were essential and a priority for the city.

The downpour cut off houses and streets and numerous roads in the city centre were blocked off as the CV-905 was closed off.

Torrevieja accumulated a total of 110 litres per square metre of rain water in just three days last week.

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