Heavy rains causes flooding across the Algarve

HEAVY RAINS CAUSES FLOODING ACROSS THE ALGARVEThis Monday, the Civil Protection registered around 30 occurrences of flooding across the Algarve due to the heavy rain.

Public roads, commercial spaces and garages have all been affected, with firefighters of Portimão, Lagos and Loulé all helping to respond to the floodings.

According to a source from the Faro District Center for Relief Operations (CDOS), last night and early morning today were “relatively calm”, but the situation became more complicated in the morning, especially from 07:00 am, when it started to rain heavily in the city of Faro itself.

The same source added that the good news is that no damages to homes requiring people to be relocated have yet been reported.

The Civil Protection had issued a warning to the population mid-afternoon on Sunday, with forecasts of rain and wind in the south of the country, warning of the possibility of flooding in urban areas, floods and landslides.

The Algarve and Beja areas are today under an orange warning (the second most serious), issued by the Portuguese Institute of the Sea and the Atmosphere (IPMA), due to heavy rain until 15:00. From that time on, the warning changes to yellow (third in the classification by severity), until at least 18:00.

The Algarve and Beja are also under yellow warning because of the possibility of frequent and scattered thunderstorms (until 3:00 pm today) and the sometimes strong wind from the south, with gusts of up to 70 kilometres per hour (km/h) until 18:00 today.

In the note, Civil Protection recommend clearing drainage systems, fixing loose structures, paying particular attention when in areas with trees, due to the possibility of falling and breaking branches, taking special care near riverside areas, and adopting additional care when driving, not crossing flooded areas.

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