Heavy snow, icy conditions pile on misery for second day

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1 March 2005, GRANADA-Heavy snow and icy conditions left 500 people trapped overnight on one stretch of a main road near Granada in southern Spain.

1 March 2005

GRANADA-Heavy snow and icy conditions left 500 people trapped overnight on one stretch of a main road near Granada in southern Spain.

The motorists were stuck in their cars on the A-92 near Guadix in the Sierra de Huetor mountain range.

Emergency services began evacuating motorists from the area late on Monday night.

The operation was still underway on Tuesday, though most people had been taken to council accommodation in Guadix.

Many had been travelling on buses in the area when they were caught in heavy snows which have left many parts of Spain paralysed or with severe delays on the roads, railways or at airports.

The General Traffic Authority advised motorists not to take to the road unless their journey was essential as there was a high risk they could get stuck in some of the worst affected areas.

In Andalucía, in southern Spain, icy conditions had caused long delays on the A 44 road between Granada and Jaen, where dozens of cars remained trapped.

Drivers, some of whom were stuck in their cars for more than ten hours, attacked the Guardia Civil for not offering more help to the stricken motorists.

"We have had a terrible night. They have only come to help a diabetic man and left us here without help,” said Mari Cruz, one of the drivers.

Elsewhere, local authorities in thirteen regions have been on alert to deal with the heavy snows and icy conditions.

Among these was Spain’s north African enclave in Melilla.

Others areas included Galicia, Castilla y León, Catalonia, Castilla-La Mancha, Valencia, Murcia, the Balearic Islands and Andalucía.

High gales have also caused problems in Castilla y León, Navarra, La Rioja, Aragón, Madrid, the Canary Islands and Melilla.

Overnight there were sub-zero temperatures in Navarre, La Rioja, Aragón, Catalonia and Madrid.

Snowfalls have forced the closure of fifteen roads in Alicante and Valencia.

In Catalonia, 12 major routes have seen long delays because of ice on the roads.

In Palencia in northern Spain, 24 small villages have been cut off, leaving 906 people isolated due to the cold snap.

Five flights between Madrid and Barcelona had been cancelled by 10.30am on Tuesday, but this number was likely to rise later in the day.

On Monday, 180 flights were cancelled at Barcelona airport and delays of up to two hours left many travellers severely inconvenienced.

But by Tuesday, delays were only 30 minutes.

Ferry services between Algericas and Ceuta in northern Africa remained suspended for the second day running.

Also, almost the entire fishing fleet in Cadiz remained in port.

[Copyright EFE with Expatica]

Subject: Spanish news

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