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Storms bring 140 litres of rain per square metre to the Costa Blanca
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thinkSPAIN , Saturday, October 29, 2011

TORRENTIAL rain in the last 24 hours in the provinces of Alicante and Valencia has brought flooding and road-blocks this weekend.

A whopping 140 litres of rain per square metre (around 14 centimetres, or six inches) was registered in the Vall de Laguart, and 117 in Murla (both in Alicante).

The downpours are mainly concentrated in the Marina Alta area, particularly inland, in the north of the province, and in the south of the Valencia province in the Oliva and Gandia area.

Elsewhere in this part of the region, around 50 litres of rain per square metre was recorded.

The Spanish government normally declares a state of emergency when rain reaches 40 litres per square metre, and this is generally the lower limit at which insurance companies will consider claims for storm damage.

As yet, no incidents have been reported, according to the fire brigade.

This time of year normally brings heavy rain and flooding, leading to cars becoming trapped, ground-floor properties having to be bailed out and people needing to be rescued.

In 2009, a British mother and her teenage daughter were killed in Ontinyent in the October floods, and in 2007, a woman died when her garage in El Verger filled up with water.

 

 
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