Adverse weather closes schools in Javea and Denia

15 Nov

The “adverse” weather conditions seen in the province of Alicante yesterday got worse overnight and schools remain closed in Javea, Denia, Ondara and Els Poblets with these and other coastal towns on red alert for high winds (up to 100kmph) and heavy rain.

In just one hour this morning, 44.8 litres of rain fell in Villalonga and over the past four hours 93.40 litre has fallen in La Carrasca (Vall de la Gallinera). The Spanish Meteorological Office (Aemet) has activated its emergency protocol in southern Valencia and northern Alicante where 220 litres of rain per square metre are expected to fall over the next 12 horas.

Heavy rain closed three roads in Pego this morning – the CV-727 (Els Marells), CV-728 (Pego-Rafol de Almunia) and CV-678, but all have now been reopened to traffic.

Local police have closed the CV-723 between Denia and Els Poblets because of the amount of rainwater accumulated on it.

Denia port has also been closed, with ferry services to Ibiza and Formentera suspended, and winds of up to 98kmph have brought down trees in Benidorm, Altea and Ibi, none of which caused damage to property nor injured anyone.

The rain is not letting up and latest reports show that Villalonga ( La Safor) has seen 181 litres per square metre already today and it is still raining.

A man, whose car was swept away by flood water in Marchuquera (Palma de Gandia) had to be rescued by firefighters. He was treated for shock and hypothermia.

Town councils in Javea and Denia have decided to keep schools closed again today because of the adverse weather conditions.

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