Storms cause chaos for Axarquia and Costa Tropical areas

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A HEAVY storm which hit the Axarquia and Costa Tropical areas in the early hours of Tuesday morning October 20 caused a number of incidents with up to 61.5 litres of rainfall per square metre registered.

First thing in the morning, Salobreña council announced that local schools would remain closed as the area had been placed under orange alert and the municipal Emergency Plan activated.

Emergency services had to go out to deal with a number of incidents from 5am onwards and a person living in a ground floor flat had to be evacuated.

A wall collapsed on the N340, although luckily nobody was harmed. Municipal and road maintenance workers were able to clear the rubble.

In Almuñecar, the fire brigade was kept busy from 5am onwards as floods, landslides, and falling trees were reported.

The La Paloma area was particularly badly hit, the brigade reported. With half a metre of water gathering at Bar Medina, and a palm tree which fell across the entrance to a building on Avenida Europa had to be cut up, and removed to allow access.

In La Herradura, the council reported, matters were made worse by the fact that the storm coincided with renovation works underway in the historical centre, meaning sand and rubble were washed away by the rain.

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