WATCH: Mopping up continues after Easter floods devastate Spain’s holiday hot spots

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FLOODY HELL: Cars were left submerged after the east coast of Spain was hit by torrential rain over the Easter weekend. Photo credit: Twitter / @EdBase


SPAIN’S Costas are slowly clearing the mess that was left behind after some of the highest rainfall ever recorded devastated holiday hotspots over the Easter weekend.

Almost 400 hundred people had to be evacuated from their homes as torrential rain lashed the east coast particularly hitting the British favourites of Benidorm and Torrevieja hard.

Late on Sunday night the AEMET state Met Office weather alerts for Benidorm on the Costa Blanca were suddenly upgraded to the highest severe threat ‘red’ level.

Roads became rivers leaving some vehicles fully submerged and emergency services were kept busy dealing with flooded basements and fallen trees.

Some of the highest recorded amounts of rain fell in Javea which saw the highest rainfall of up to 250 l/m2 of precipitation accumulated in 24 hours – only beaten by the historical floods that took place in Jávea between the days October  1 – 3 in 1957.

Around 300 people in the town were taken to safety while in Denia a further 70 were evacuated to the car park of the town’s hospital.

As well as the heavy rain the area was battered by strong winds with gusts up to 100 km/h and high coastal waters with three-metre waves.

The unseasonal weather led to the cancellation of many of the huge Semana Santa processions that usually attract thousands of visitors every year.

Despite the horrendous conditions over the weekend miraculously no personal injuries have been reported.

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