Manilva and the Costa del Sol has saw more rain during the last week of November than the 1989 deluge that destroyed properties and left people homeless.
Malaga was among the areas hit hardest by the torrential rains in Spain. The state meteorological department has issued a red weather warning when the local rivers and streams burst their banks.
The Junta de Andalucia and other councils activated the level 2 flood emergency plan which reinforces the scarcity of local resources and advised people how to deal with the crisis.
The 112 emergency service responded to more than 700 calls in just a few hours with most incidents reported around Marbella, Estepona and Alhaurin de la Torre.
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Estepona was badly affected by severe rain causing buses and cars to almost submerge on the streets, flooding the Roman Garcia School, dozens of shops and a local health centre.
The situation was also serious in nearby Manilva after the river Manilva burst its banks. The mayor requested people to stay indoors.
Further up the coast, the flood caused widespread devastation affecting several main roads in Marbella including avenida Nabuel, some parts of Las Chapas and the access tunnel to Puerto Banus, while walls turned into debris in the San Pedro Alcantara and Plaza de Toros. Streets were flooded in Coin, Alhaurin de la Torre and Cartama. Landslides also complicated matters by hampering connections between many major areas.
Several roads were flooded and blocked including rio Gomenaro plus La Alberquilla, La Cala Hills, Mijas Pueblo and Mijas Golf.
Cars could not pass many of the Mijas-Golf roundabouts and half of the wall surrounding the golf course was knocked down by the pressure of the water rushing down from the mountains. Fencing and structural damage meant the golf course was closed for 3 weeks.
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Most of the roundabouts and roads were inaccessible including avenida de Las Gaviotas, Los Boliches, avenida Finlandia, the seafront boulevard in Carvajal, Nuestro Padre Jesús Cautivo and the Miramar roundabout in Fuengirola.
Malaga recorded the worst rains for twenty-five years and reported hundreds of incidents. Schools in many towns were suspended due to severe rain across southern and eastern Spain.
High alerts were issued in areas including industrial estates lying close to the rio Guadalhorce and the Heroe de Sostoa district in Malaga. The City’s metro service was also temporarily deactivated.
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