Flights cancelled, roads blocked in big freeze
23 February 2005, MADRID-Heavy snow caused chaos in many parts of central and northern Spain, with flights cancelled, roads blocked and train services suspended.
23 February 2005
MADRID-Heavy snow caused chaos in many parts of central and northern Spain, with flights cancelled, roads blocked and train services suspended.
Madrid was one of the worst affected areas, where authorities put the city on a 'level one' alert as they tried to come to terms with the cold snap.
Thirty-seven flights out of Madrid Barajas airport were cancelled.
Worst affected were flights between Madrid and Bilbao, where there was also heavy snow.
In Bilbao airport, fourteen flights were cancelled.
AENA, which controls Spanish airports, said it could not rule out the possibility of more cancellations from Madrid airport.
With heavy snow in many parts of northern Europe, the Spanish capital saw cancellations along with other European airports, including Paris, Rome, Venice, Amsterdam, Hamburg, Munich, Frankfurt and Strasburg.
The Spanish Civil Protection Authority, which deals with public emergencies, issued alerts for ten areas of Spain, including Madrid, Castilla-La Mancha, Valencia, Aragon, Castilla y Leon and the Canary Islands.
Scores of roads had been affected for the second day running and 14 mountain routes were closed to traffic.
Authorities advised motorists in the worst affected areas not to drive unless it was absolutely necessary.
They also said drivers should take all precautions possible when driving in icy conditions.
In Castilla y León, where conditions were at the worst, snow ploughs had problems working.
In Burgos, in northern Spain, eight small villages were cut off.
In Palencia, 63 hamlets and small villages were also unreachable.
Meanwhile, in Segovia, north of Madrid, snowfalls reached 25 centimetres making travel difficult on many roads.
In La Rioja temperatures had dipped to ten degrees below zero overnight, leaving roads icy and treacherous.
Train services between Santander and Valladolid have been suspended for the second day running due to the bad weather.
[Copyright EFE with Expatica]
Subject: Spanish news