HUGE tailbacks are being reported on the Costa del Sol’s A-7 main road following this morning’s torrential rain which saw a red alert issued in the early hours.
112 Andalucia’s emergency control centre has handled calls about more than 260 incidents over the last 24 hours as the Spanish government’s representative, Ruiz Espejo, has activated the Emergency Flooding Plan.
The majority of incidents have been reported in Marbella, Monda, Coin, Alhaurin el Grande, Guaro, Estepona, Benahavis, Antequera, Colmenar, Istan, Mijas, Ojen, Pizarra, Rincon de la Victoria, Velez-Malaga and Malaga.
The roads authority, the DGT, reported more than 10-kilometres of tailbacks on the A-7 from the La Cañada Commercial Park to the Cala de Mijas. A landslide forced the closure of part of the road from 5am.
Firefighters, road maintenance engineers and Civil Protection volunteers are all working flat out to reopen blocked road and flooded underpasses to get the traffic moving again.
In Ojén, 174 litres per square meter was measured over the last 12 hours and the road that links it to Marbella is cut according to the mayor José Antonio Gómez.
Areas of Marbella are still without electricity after the storm and some urbanisations are without water because the pumps cannot work.
— D.G.T. (@InformacionDGT) October 10, 2018
🔴#FMAMálaga @ruiz_espejo ha encabezado Comité de Operaciones del plan provincial para evaluar la situación, analizar las medidas a adoptar para las próximas horas y abordar tareas de limpieza y restauración
— Emergencias 112 (@E112Andalucia) October 10, 2018