AFTER having the hottest weekend of 2017 to date, with temperatures nipping into the 30s, wet and windy weather returned to the Vega Baja this week, with temperatures plummeting to the low teens and in some areas more than 40 litres of rain per square metre closing roads and causing major problems.
On Monday wind gusts reached 82 kilometres per hour in Torrevieja, where they and the City of Orihuela suspended all its outdoor activities including events and sports.
Fire and emergency services rushed to the Torrevieja seafront shortly after 2.30pm on Monday as the threat of an electricity pole collapsing due to the high winds forced the closure of Avda. Alfred Nobel, close to Los Locos in Torrevieja. The strength of water flowing down the streets also knocked over a palm tree, in the area being worked upon to repair previous wind damage, in the boardwalk of La Mata.
This is the third time the area has experienced heavy rainfall this winter and although nothing like what could be expected in a Gota Fria, the rain coupled with high winds, generated some problems in places like Guardamar, Torrevieja, Orihuela Costa and Pilar de la Horadada. The Policia Local had to close some roads to traffic that, as is usual, flooded in Torrevieja, in addition to attending properties and especially bars and cafes, who had reported problems of walls and cornices collapsing plus awnings becoming detached or also collapsing, the rising winds complicated the maritime situation with gusts reaching up to 82 kilometres per hour, as recorded in the Los Altos area, south of Torrevieja.
In Torrevieja, an electric pole located on the corner of residence Mar Bella forced the closure of Avda. Alfred Nobel because it threatened to fall on the road. As is a normal occurrence during heavy rainfall, many roads in the residential areas of Las Torretas were flooded in addition to Calle Joaquín García, in the vicinity of the Doña Inés urbanization and Jardín del Mar. At these points some vehicles were trapped and then abandoned by drivers due to the high water levels.
Fortunately, the bad weather seems to be behind us now and with the organisers of today’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade keeping their fingers crossed, it looks like a return to normal Spring weather, with temperatures in the mid twenties and little if any rain forecast for at least the next week as we close in on Easter.