It never rains but it pours in Almeria

TORRENTIAL rain as winter evolved into spring brought the usual chaos to Almeria City.

A total of 21.7 litres fell within two hours, producing 100 instances of flooding and complicating private and public transport inside the city. A car was trapped by sudden subsidence in the level crossing at El Puche, causing a two-hour hold up. A train later derailed nearby, owing to mud and earth washed onto the line, halting normal services until next day.

Police also had to rescue a man who was almost swept away by floodwater after falling from his moped.

The Tormentas park in the Villablanca neighbourhood took on the appearance of a lake even though its infrastructure is deliberately designed to withstand flooding.

Downpours routinely cause problems at Almeria University but this time did even more damage than usual. Rain seeped into the library as well as laboratories located in the CITE IV building, destroying valuable investigation equipment.

Drains were unable to cope with the sudden influx of water causing problems at the Bola Azul health centre and, although to a lesser extent, at Hospital Torrecardenas, where some patients had to be relocated.

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