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Flash floods devastated parts of northern Spain, as the country experienced heavy rainfall, and thunderstorms swept across the region, leaving a trail of destruction in their wake.
As predicted, the storms unleashed torrential rain, damaging wind gusts, lightning, and hail, wreaking havoc on the affected areas. One of the hardest-hit cities was Zaragoza, the capital of the Aragón Region, where dramatic flash floods unfolded after a staggering 20mm of rain fell in a mere 10 minutes.
Within a short period on the afternoon and evening of July 6, 2023, a series of storms pounded the region, subjecting it to an onslaught of intense rainfall. Alcañiz, located in Teruel Province, endured a deluge of 46mm of rain in just a few hours, with an astonishing 27.6mm pouring down in a mere 10 minutes. In Zaragoza, the capital city, the Valdespartera weather station recorded 54mm during the storm, with 19.6mm falling within the same 10-minute timeframe.
The aftermath of the storms left roads severed and homes inundated in Teruel and Zaragoza Provinces. In Alcañiz, residents were forced to evacuate their flooded houses and seek shelter in a nearby hostel. Meanwhile, the destructive power of the hail was felt in Bajo Aragón, Calatayud, and Cariñena, where valuable fruit crops were decimated.
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Social media platforms were flooded with videos capturing the relentless force of the flash floods in Zaragoza. Central parts of the city, particularly the Parque Venecia neighborhood along the Z-30 road, bore the brunt of the raging floodwaters. Firefighters performed multiple daring rescues, saving around a dozen people who found themselves stranded on the rooftops of their vehicles or desperately clinging to trees. The floodwaters reached a staggering depth of approximately 2 meters, causing significant damage to a school building and inundating several other roads throughout the city. The local rail and tram networks also suffered disruptions due to the flooding.
Outside the city limits, the neighboring areas of Cuarte de Huerva and Cadrete experienced flooding in both roads and homes. In El Burgo de Ebro, located southeast of Zaragoza, heavy rain destroyed the roof of a building, leading to the evacuation of two residents. Despite the chaos and destruction, there were no reports of serious injuries among the affected residents.
Spain floods serve as a stark reminder of the unpredictable and destructive nature of severe weather events. The impacted communities now face the daunting task of rebuilding their lives and recovering from the widespread damage caused by the heavy rainfall and hail. As the floodwaters recede and the cleanup efforts begin, the resilience and determination of the people of northern Spain shine through, showcasing the spirit of solidarity and support that will undoubtedly aid in their recovery.