Storms battering the Balearics

STORMS are continuing to batter the Balearics with severe flooding destroying hundreds of homes, businesses and roads. 

The worst hit are Minorca and Mallorca, which remains on orange alert as more heavy rain and thunderstorms are expected. 

The torrential rainfall throughout the Balearics has caused chaos, immersing streets and roads in fast-flowing rivers of rainwater. Houses and businesses have also become water-logged following the deluge.

The Guardia Civil, the Consell Fire Department, Local Police and 112 emergency Services were inundated with calls for help from residents in Alcudia, Pollensa, Muro, Felanitx, Soller, sa Pobla, Palma and Manacor.

Alcudia was one of the worst affected areas with access roads submerged in water and closed to traffic. Fire crews rescued one man from his car after being trapped in floods on the Alcúdia ring road.

Volunteers came out in force using buckets to help clear the water in streets near s’Albufera in Playa de Muro, until emergency services arrived to assist. 

In Pollensa, an empty car was swept away in the torrent. The treacherous weather also caused trees to topple, blocking roads and stone walls to collapse in Portocolom, Soller, Manacor and Palma.

Minorca has also been badly hit with 14 incidents recorded in Ferreries, Es Mercadal, Ciutadella and Mahón.

More than 80 litres per m2 of rain fell in one hour in the Municipality of Ferreries and the Son Granot torrent burst its banks, flooding the Maó-Ciutadella road and several estates and side roads in the area. 

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