The torrential rains that the persistent dana — isolated depression at high levels, a pocket of air in high layers of the atmosphere — is unloading on the Mediterranean coast caused a strong and sudden flood in Molina de Segura (Murcia, 71,000 inhabitants), which trapped numerous drivers in their vehicles and generated scenes of panic due to the recklessness of some citizens when trying to cross the floods. Firefighters had to rescue 15 people in and around the town, some of them by helicopter after their cars were swept away by runoff. The storms and showers will continue on the east coast, where 160.6 liters per square meter have been collected in just four hours in Castellón, for example, and firefighters have had to carry out rescues and bilges, and up to 96 .2 liters in Vall d’Alba or 83.0 in Benicàssim. Five communities continue this Friday with warning for intense and persistent rains, with special incidence in the Community of Madrid and in the Valencian Community, where there is an orange alert for rainfall that could leave between 100 and 140 liters in 12 hours, reports the Aemet in its Web.
The afternoon was hard in Molina de Segura, where the mud, the puddles and the effects of the flood that swept the Murcian city are still visible, in the middle plain of the Segura. In barely an hour, rainfall exceeded 40 liters per square meter, with which the waters occupied the space of the old boulevards and flooded the center of the city.
The flood swept away people, cars and street furniture, while there were tense moments due to the audacity of some residents. Thus, social networks show videos of a woman who is almost swept away by the torrent when she tries to cross it with a baby in a stroller (rescued by a spontaneous person) or a vehicle that is also swept away when the driver of a red BMW tries to cross a street that looks like a stream, while the neighbors who film the scene assume that it will make it and see how the mud takes it away. There are no victims.
The rescue services had to be fully employed to rescue people even by helicopter, as happened in Campotéjar, where the driver of a car that had almost overturned in the middle of the overflowing flow of the Cañada del Morcillo, next to the La Estrella industrial estate, was extracted by the device hanging from a cable. Hundreds of homes and premises have been flooded, as well as the surrounding crop fields, so it remains to assess the damage and losses. Citizens were busy this morning removing water and mud from their properties.
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Far from there, in Madrid, the firefighters have carried out 17 interventions during this morning due to non-serious incidents due to the rain in different municipalities of the region, such as pools of water in streets, flooding in homes or damaged trees.