After the three days of rain, which brought chaos to southern Spain and left at least 10 people dead, the calm weather has returned. Over the previous days torrential rain throughout the region caused extensive damage, especially in the regions of Málaga, Almería, and Murcia. In some places roads were washed away, buildings were damaged and in Murcia two motorway bridges on the A7 collapsed.
Schools were closed throughout Andalucia (as well as the El Ingenio shopping centre in Velez-Malaga) as a red alert was declared on Friday, however the extreme weather missed Nerja, with only just over an inch (32mm) of rain falling on the town – approximately one tenth of the amount that fell in the worst hit areas. Other towns were not so lucky and an 85 year old woman was killed in Málaga.
The clean up operation started today, with hundreds of workers deployed in Málaga alone. In Nerja the damage has been limited to the beaches, where sand has been washed away near to the flood drains and rivers, as usually happens during the winter months. With the return of the good weather, sun bathers were out on Nerja’s beaches again today.
In October 2005 tropical storm Vince hit Andalucia with strong winds and rain and in September 2007 a storm caused up to 185 litres of rain per square metre to fall in Nerja in one day, causing damage to roads and other infrastructure in the town, which took months to repair. Fortunately this year’s storm left Nerja largely unscathed, with work even carrying on as normal on the Carabeo car park for the Feria build up.
Pictures of Burriana beach after the rain on Friday below.