Rains Hit the North

Sixty people - both residents and tourists - were trapped in their vehicles or on the roofs of their homes after the floods that hit the area between Alcudia and Pollensa last Friday (19th October). Pollensa was cut off for several hours as the torrents of s'Erbossar and Sant Jordi overflowed and flooded the roads denying traffic access to the town. The problems extended to s'Albufera, where the emergency services activated a pre-alert for the Sant Miquel torrent. Fortunately it withstood the flood, but it raised the water level in s'Albufera by about 40 centimetres.

The final section of the Inca highway (Ma-13) was also cut for several hours in the direction of Alcúdia and once reopened, drivers were asked to exercise caution.

The Murterar road, which connects Sa Pobla with Playa de Muro (Ma-3433), was also closed, as well as the roads linking Alcúdia with Pollença, the Ma-2201 and the Ma-2202, which were reopened later that morning.

More specifically at the roundabout of Can Bisanyes, firefighters and Guardia Civil focused on rescuing residents who had been trapped in their cars after the torrents of s' Erbossar and Sant Jordi overflowed. In total, there were 60 residents and tourists (housed in holiday homes in the area) who were helped by the emergency forces. The rescue work involved 72 Guardia Civil officers and Firefighters, some residents had to be evacuated by helicopter after they were left holding onto their cars or on the roofs of their homes.

Also in the afternoon they reopened after closed hours the routes from Lluc to Pollença (Ma-10) and the road to Cap de Bou (Ma-2202).

Up to 2pm, the 112 emergency line registered 100 incidents, 27 of them in Pollensa, 13 in Alcúdia and 9 in Sa Pobla. 33 calls were due to flooding of public roads, 27 were for waterlogged homes and one was to act after a rock fall in a farm in Esporles. Thankfully, no one was wounded.

The emergency services appealed to the public not to head to the torrents to take pictures and selfies, especially at Font Ufanes which as expected had burst into fast flowing rivers.

Very quickly, the floods passed and by the end of the weekend everything was back to normal.

On the following Monday, 22nd, it was announced that the government will compensate for losses in crops and damage to agricultural infrastructure caused by flooding from the rains of Pollensa.