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Heavy Rainfall In Spain Leads To Flash Flooding In British Tourist Hotspot

Heavy Rainfall In Spain Leads To Flash Flooding In British Tourist Hotspot

Bloody hell it's been nice this weekend, hasn't it? Well, it's been really nice in the UK. For those who tried to sneak away for some early summer sun in on the Spanish coast, perhaps not so much.

In fact, it's been a complete washout that has seen areas popular with British holidaymakers such as Benidorm and Alicante suffering from horrendous floods.

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In fact, it got so bad in the end that some of the people there were forced to evacuate, according to reports in the local media.

Flash flooding occurred on Spain's Costa Blanca after 180mm of rain fell in short space of time.

Credit: JUAN CARLOS CARDENAS/EPA-EFE/Shutterstock
Credit: JUAN CARLOS CARDENAS/EPA-EFE/Shutterstock

One town on the coast, Teulada, issued a statement that said: "Citizens are asked to maximise precautions, do not use a car and avoid approaching areas that are easy to flood or dangerous.

"Civil Protection continues to monitor the most hard-hit areas of the municipality in coordination with local police."

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Obviously, when it is like this, people are also being asked to avoid the coast altogether if they possibly can. The same statement requested that people take 'extreme precaution' if going anywhere near.

As well as the flooding and torrential rain, winds have been gusting through the area at upwards of 100km per hour.

Credit: JUAN CARLOS CARDENAS/EPA-EFE/Shutterstock
Credit: JUAN CARLOS CARDENAS/EPA-EFE/Shutterstock

Spanish meteorologists had predicted the flooding and issued red warnings well in advance, but around one hundred residents were evacuated from the area of Xabia on the same stretch of coastline after cars were washed away and homes flooded in the deluge.

Luckily, no casualties have been reported so far.

It doesn't look like it will be improving drastically any time soon, either. In fact, it could be a few days before things properly clear up. Temperatures aren't supposed to be above 20C in the area again until at least Tuesday.

To stick that into context, parts of the UK saw temperatures as high as 25C this weekend.

Across Spain, places like Malaga, Torremolinos, Marbella, and Estepona - all hugely popular with tourists, particularly from the UK - have experienced, or are expected to experience, more storms until at least tomorrow.

A guy was even pictured bodyboarding down a street in Seville, thanks to the amount of water on the ground.

It's sort of refreshing to see that Britain isn't the only country where people do that as soon as there is a bit of a flood.

Featured Image Credit: JUAN CARLOS CARDENAS/EPA-EFE/Shutterstock

Topics: News, Weather, travel, Spain

Tom Wood

Tom Wood is a freelance journalist and LADbible contributor. He graduated from University of London with a BA in Philosophy before studying for a Masters in Journalism at the University of Salford. He has previously written for the M.E.N Group as well as working for several top professional sports clubs. Contact him on [email protected]

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