Flash Floods of Last Week
It’s hard to believe that while people in the northwest, in the Pollensa and Alcudia region, were going about their rainy day and early evening, people in the towns just on the other side of the north, less than an hour away, suffered such devastation.
Hitting international news, the BBC reported the flash flooding way up on their news agenda after two of the nine victims of the storm were British tourists swept away in their taxi, the submerged car was found in the torrent of S’Illot.
There is also the heart-breaking story of a local family, the 7-year-old daughter was brought to safety (with help also of a German cycling tourist) but the mother was washed away with her son as she went to save him. The little boy has not been found.
The Military Emergency Unit (UME) composed of 80 officers of the III Battalion of the UM Valencia are collaborating with Mallorcan rescue teams, who worked throughout the night. Personnel and vehicles of the Military Command of the Balearic Islands are also part of the Rescue Team alongside local firefighters, Civil Protection, Guardia Civil, the Red Cross, National Police and local volunteers. Sant Llorenç is partly cut off and efforts are also focussed on opening all routes into the town. In total, seven roads are still cut off.
Prime Minister, Pedro Sánchez, confirmed that the State “will turn over economic resources so that those affected by this tragedy can recover their daily lives.” In his statement, he sent his condolences to the Victims’ families and thanked the work of the State Security Forces, Firemen and Local Police for the work they are doing. The day after the floods, Pedro Sánchez visited Sant Llorenç to show his support. There, the president of the Government, Francina Armengol, and the rest of the island authorities were waiting for him.
After calling for help and opening the emergency lines for volunteers, the 112 line was inundated and authorities urged people to stop calling to free up the line. The storms unleashed 220 litres of water per square metre, which exceeded the capacity of the torrents. The water broke the banks and flooded houses, roads and fields. According to sources of the Government, the weather forecasts did not indicate such strong rains, although a good part of the island was under yellow alert.