By Cathy Elelman • 13 September 2019 • 12:11
Violent storms leave one man dead in Almeria
Credit: Bomberos Almeriense
A MAN died after his car became trapped in a flooded tunnel in Almeria city early Friday morning following a massive downpour.
The city council reported on Twitter that Local Police had confirmed the vehicle got caught in the tunnel in front of the Tryp hotel. Officers managed to rescue two of the occupants, but were unable to reach the third.
The extreme weather pompted the authorities to close Almeria airport for much of this morning due to a risk of flooding and the Junta de Andalucia provincial delegation announced schools will remain closed today in Almeria city, Nijar and Huercal de Almeria, and advised the same in the Levante area and the north of the province.
The violent storms and torrential rain on Thursday night across Almeria led to some 150 call outs to the emergency services, in many cases due to flooded homes and garages.
The Legion had to step in to evacuate around 70 people from a campsite in Cabo de Gata in Nijar after they became cut off.
Some roads were partially or completely cut off by flooding in areas including Pulpi, Olula del Rio, Huercal-Overa, Velez-Blanco, Taberno and Cuevas del Almanzora. The train service from Pulpi was also cut.
Junta Government delegate in Almeria Maribel Sanchez has put the province on a level 2 Emergency Plan today Friday due to the evolving weather situation and the impact of the so-called “cold snap”.
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Cathy Elelman is the local writer for the Costa de Almeria edition of the Euro Weekly News.
Based in Mojacar for the last 21 years, Cathy is very much part of the local community and is always well and truly up on all the latest news and events going on in this region of Spain.
Her top goals are to do the best job she can informing the local English-speaking community, visitors to the area and the wider world about about the news in Almeria, to learn something new every day, and to embrace very new challenge this fast-changing world brings her way.
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