Storms spark flooding in eastern Spain

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13 August 2007 , MADRID - Rainstorms on Monday caused flooding in northeastern Spain, uprooting trees, inundating basements and triggering landslides which cut across a major highway, news reports said.

13 August 2007

MADRID - Rainstorms on Monday caused flooding in northeastern Spain, uprooting trees, inundating basements and triggering landslides which cut across a major highway, news reports said.

Heavy rain lashed the area beginning late Sunday as a storm front moved through the region.

Lightning hit a gas pipeline in the town of Esplugues de Llobregat in Barcelona province setting off a fire in one home. Authorities evacuated residents of the neighbourhood and cut off gas until repairs could be carried out.  

Trains linking Barcelona and the city of Martorell were subject to suspended service and delays.

The N-II, one of the country's main motorways which links Spain and France, was cut in both directions by a landslide triggered by the rain and motorists were detoured around the closure on the C-32 tollway.

Officials said drivers would not have to pay the toll because of the emergency situation.

Fire fighters were called out 250 times to solve problems caused by the rain, rescuing cars stuck in mud, inspecting minor damage to buildings, pumping out flooded basements and removing fallen trees.

Firemen also helped evacuate passengers from a train running between Valencia and Barcelona after the rain caused an electrical failure. Passengers were put aboard coaches for the remainder of the journey to Barcelona. 

There were no injuries reported from the storm. The weather service forecast light rain in the Pyrenees Mountains and foothills later Monday but the rest of the region should enjoy sunny weather.

(Copyright DPA and EFE with Expatica)

                                   Subject: Spanish News

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