42,1 millimeters of rain in one hour caused 41 floods in VRSA [with video]

Situations are all in resolution

Photos: Rúben Bento | Sul Informação

41 occurrences were the result of the «very intense and localized» rain that today affected the municipality of Vila Real de Santo António and whose peak was registered «around 7:00 am, with the local meteorological station recording 42,1 mm of rain in an hour» , revealed to Sul Informação, Richard Marques, Regional Operational Commander of the Algarve Civil Protection.

The peak was around 7:00 am, but even so, in the next hour the rainfall continued intense, with an accumulation of 24 mm. The greatest intensity of precipitation coincided with the high tide, which made it even more difficult for the accumulated water to flow out.

The same person in charge revealed that most of the occurrences, «all of them under resolution», were registered in the city of VRSA and its accesses (Zona das Hortas), but there were also floods in Alagoa (Altura) and in Monte Gordo.

"Most of the occurrences have been through the flooding of surfaces and roads, which are affecting circulation," he said.

There were also "floods in houses, but with little expression, about a foot at most."

According to Sul Informação he found, in the city of VRSA, the most affected areas are located on Rua da Escola Secundária, close to the Municipal Market, the CTT and the court, where the water reached 30 to 40 centimeters high, and there were even cars and buses that were immobilized. on the road due to flooding.

The water also entered basements, garages, stores and houses located on the ground floor, causing dozens of requests for help from firefighters.


See the images captured by Rúben Bento, reporter of Sul Informação:



There were also many streets cut off, due to accumulated water, in the center of the city, as the reporter from the Sul Informação on site.

However, and at least for the time being, there is no record of victims or major damages.

The trend, says Richard Marques, is for a gradual easing of the situation, which should be resolved in the coming hours.

“The local force is managing to resolve everything without reinforcements coming from outside. There are 13 vehicles and 28 operating from the different Civil Protection forces in the county on the ground,” added Richard Marques.

In addition to the occurrences in VRSA, which was by far the most affected, there were also “not very significant” floods, in Várzeas do Vinagre, in Santa Catarina da Fonte do Bispo, and in Cabanas de Tavira.

The entire Algarve is currently under Orange Warning, due to the forecast of heavy rainfall, according to the Portuguese Institute of the Sea and Atmosphere.


Photos: Rúben Bento | Sul Informação