Villages evacuated as downpour floods rivers
3 April 2007, FUNES – A village in northern Spain had to be partly evacuated on Tuesday after flooding brought a river to within centimetres of homes.
3 April 2007
FUNES – A village in northern Spain had to be partly evacuated on Tuesday after flooding brought a river to within centimetres of homes.
Seventy-two homes in Funes, in Navarre, were evacuated after the River Arga broke its banks.
Nearby villages of Falces and Peralta may also have to follow suit if heavy rains which have lashed much of Spain continue.
Bad weather warnings rose to level 3 late on Monday when heavy rains continued throughout the day.
Two villages, Pitillas and Beire, were isolated by the rains by late on Monday after the downpour left many roads blocked.
One of these was the main N-113 route between Pamplona and Madrid at higher levels at Castejon.
The main concern was the level of the River Ebro, where the flow was recorded at 3,000 sqm per second.
If the river gets much higher, it could cause widespread flooding should its banks break.
Authorities issued a level two alert in Aragon, which means residents should be prepared to leave their homes if the rainfall gets heavier.
One village which was particularly at risk was Pradilla de Ebro, in the Ribera Alta. Neighbours, including the elderly and families with children, are expected to be moved by the local authorities.
In Catalonia, heavy rain caused flooding in rural areas including the Baix Ebre, Ribera d'Ebre and Montsià, on the banks of the River Ebro.
[Copyright EFE with Expatica]
Subject: Spanish news