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Heavy rainfall washes away cars in Spain as emergency services inundated with calls

Spain’s heavy rainfall has led to flooding that was strong enough to flood cars. Emergency services were overwhelmed by panicked residents calling 911.

Twitter video shows floodwaters running along Tarragona’s road, Catalan. In some places, the water is high enough that it can run over parked cars.

Another clip shows cars being washed down the road using water that is strong enough to lift the cars and transport them.

On Friday, 23 September, the Meteorological Service of Catalonia reported that there was more than 100mm (3.9 inches), of rainfall in the region.


Local emergency services reported that they had received 759 calls regarding assistance this evening. 460 of these were related to rain.

473 of those calls were made from Tarragona.

Officials warned that heavy downpours could continue overnight, possibly accompanied by hail, lightning and tornadoes.

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Spanish media reported that trains were cancelled and roads were closed due to the rains.

Santa Tecla, a local celebration, was suspended Friday night – the first time it was due to occur since the COVID lockdown.

Due to heavy rain overnight, several concerts in Barcelona related to La Merce, the city’s largest festivity, were also moved indoors.


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