BENIDORM residents Ana and Edgar were snowed-in after Storm Gloria brought a metre of snow to their Mariola home.
“On the Sunday we went to Bocairent for bread, but the supermarket was closed so we went to the Camping Mariola shop,” they told the local Spanish media.
That was their last contact with the outside world until firefighters and Guardia Civil officers on skis brought them two sacks of food the following Tuesday night.
The couple had moved to Sierra Mariola near the Pinatell urbanisation two weeks previously but although they knew that bad weather was coming, nothing had prepared them for hurricane-force winds and blizzards. They were frightened, she admitted, owing to the patchy mobile coverage, but stayed warm around their open fire. Thanks to a generator they also had light, unlike the neighbouring urbanisation which had no electricity after two pylons were blown down.