Three hours of heavy rain caused flooding and distress in Olhão

There were moments of great distress in Olhão

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Floods and floods "all over the county, mainly in the city's urban perimeter" were the result of "a phenomenon of intense precipitation", which hit Olhão yesterday Thursday, "between 17:00 and 20:00, with the peak to occur at 19:00”, according to the City Council of Olhão.

Despite having lived moments of great affliction, "there were no wounded to lament", registering "only material damage", according to the balance of the consequences of heavy rain this Thursday, made today by the local authority.

According to the Chamber, in just three hours, there was “an accumulation of 47mm of precipitation”. In addition to Olhão, the precipitation also caused floods in the municipalities of Tavira, Castro Marim and Monte Gordo.

«Given this situation, there was an overload in the existing artificial drainage systems, as well as the overflow of the main water lines, which caused several episodes of floods and floods all over the county», revealed the municipality.


Photo: Paula Vaz


In addition to the tunnel under the railway, which connects Avenida da República to Avenida Dr. Bernardino da Silva, which floods whenever there is a lot of rain in a short time, there were also complicated situations in nearby arteries, namely on Rua de Olivença, where the accumulated water rose to the middle of the car windows.

“In total, 53 occurrences were registered, mostly related to flooding. The fact that some roads were submerged caused serious constraints on road traffic. All roads have meanwhile been reopened, with only circulation being prohibited in the uneven passage of Olhão, which will be resolved later this morning”, according to the Chamber of Olhão.

In response to the situation, means of the Parish Councils, Municipal Companies, Municipal Services, Municipal Police were involved and, in support of the Municipal Fire Department of Olhão, the fire brigades: Sapadores de Faro, Faro Cruz-Lusa, São Brás de Alportel, Albufeira, SB Messines, Lagoa and Portimão.