TWO cars have become trapped in the Rio Velez in Velez Malaga, Axarquia as their drivers attempted to cross the flooded river at around 2.30am.
No one was injured in the incident, although the 29-year-old driver of a white Renault Laguna had to be helped by police to get out of his vehicle in the area of Camino de Remanente.
Officers gave the man a lift back to his home in Torre del Mar after he was forced to abandon his car in the river due to strong currents.
Another driver, in a Ford pickup truck carrying boxes, was able to make his own way to the river bank.
Both vehicles had been dragged several metres by the force of the current, which was stronger than normal due to heavy rain.
Police from the Civil Protection service are calling on residents to avoid the same mistake and asking them not to attempt to cross any rivers. The head of the Axarquia Civil Protection, Juan Ramon Lopez, explained, “while it may seem like there is little current, because the earth is soft wheels quickly sink in.”
Another group of residents in Velez Malaga have been left unable to access their homes by vehicle during the current heavy weather.
Locals from the Los Cajicillos area, near the centre of Cajiz, have been unable to drive to their homes after rainfall damaged their road, leaving them to walk around one kilometre home.
According to sources, some families with young children, including one young woman who is heavily pregnant, have decided to temporarily stay elsewhere.