The water dragged tons of mud into the Mar Menor, which began to take on an earthy color from early in the morning
Yesterday, heavy rains and gusts of wind forced the closure of almost a dozen roads and caused the felling of trees and tiles in different parts of the Region. The areas most affected by the storm were Cartagena and Murcia, although the water was also noticeable on the coast. The 112 Emergency Coordination Center managed 46 incidents related to inclement weather.
In the Mar Menor region, the water once again dragged tons of mud into the lagoon, which began to take on an earthy color since morning. These contributions of fresh water and mud reached the lagoon at a critical moment, when oxygen levels were already below those recorded last year, according to the spokesman for the Scientific Committee of the Mar Menor, Emilio María Dolores. The water also disrupted the work of recovering the sand lost during the winter in the first meters of the coast, since the work of rolling up the sleeves had aligned them on almost all the shores in piles that yesterday returned to the sea.
The coastal town of El Mojón was the worst stop in the region, as it once again received the waters from the interior basin, coming from the Pilar de la Horadada area. A few days after the last flood, the neighbors once again saw the sidewalks submerged in a flood of mud that will once again make mobility within the town difficult.
The most affected areas were Campo de Cartagena and Murcia; Emergencies managed 46 incidents due to the storm
In Los Alcázares, the recently widened drainage channel D-7 prevented the arrival of water coming down from the agricultural area of Torre Pacheco and the inland districts of Murcia, although the rain also descended through other channels diverted by the presence of greenhouses and urbanizations, which caused some pockets in the urban area. And in La Manga, the intermittent rain prevented accumulations of water, although the wet ground caused a vehicle to crash into a traffic light pole. The driver lost control at the height of the Pedrucho, although he only suffered material damage.
millimeters in 12 hours were recorded at the Rambla de Benipila station (Cartagena).
liters per square meter fell in the fields of Abarán.
The Campo de Cartagena region was the area of the Region that accumulated the greatest amount of rainfall until noon, according to data recorded by the Automatic Hydrological Information System (SAIH) of the Segura Hydrographic Confederation (CHS). Specifically, the pluviometry station on the Rambla de Benipila was the one that recorded the most rain, with up to 73.3 millimeters in 12 hours. In the Region, it was followed by the pluviometer located in the Canteras district of Cartagena, with 65.5 mm in 12 hours. The third most outstanding point was in Los Patojos and Cartagena center, with 57.8 mm in 12 hours.
Image of the beach of Santiago de la Ribera, with the Mar Menor dyed brown, yesterday. /
In Cartagena, four roads were closed to traffic, confirmed the Councilor for Security, Juan Pedro Torralba. They were the path of the Siphon, at three points; the RMF-54 highway, in Los Belones; the RM-E22, at its intersection with the Rambla de Canteras, and the Camino a Los Dolores, at the intersection with the Benipila and Ramón y Cajal streets. In addition, municipal workers had to work hard to eliminate flooding in Los Nietos, El Carmolí and Bahía Bella. Another team was in La Azohía and a fourth, in Pozo Estrecho, El Albujón and La Aljorra. And the intervention of experts in the boulevards of Canteras and Tallante was necessary.
The residents of Llano del Beal denounced dragging of mining waste to several towns in the area and to Menor. And the Federation of Associations of Mothers and Fathers of Students of Cartagena denounced the appearance of leaks in classrooms of the Elcano Institute, which forced the evacuation of some classes. There were similar problems at the IES Pedro Peñalver in El Algar.
Five roads in Murcia
In Murcia, a large tree fell this Thursday morning in the Carmen neighborhood, next to the church that bears the same name. The storm tore the trunk from the ground and the tree fell in the González Conde square, on Floridablanca street. The fall affected a vehicle and several motorcycles that were parked.
The Local Police of Murcia closed five roads in the municipality to traffic due to accumulation of water due to heavy rains. Traffic was prohibited along the Churra, Cabezo de Torres, Espinardo avenues, Juan Carlos I avenue with the Kingdom of Murcia and Garaso avenue with the Kingdom of Murcia avenue. In addition, the firefighters dealt with various incidents, such as an electricity tower with smoke on Fuensanta street and different raised sewer covers.
In Totana there were also some events due to bad weather conditions. The roof of a house in the town collapsed late yesterday morning, Thursday, although fortunately there were no personal injuries. In Lorca, the troops rescued a vehicle that was trapped in the Rambla del Murciano. In addition, there were landslides on the La Parroquia road and an accident involving several cars on the Águilas road. And in Mazarrón several streets of the Bahía Ordination flooded again.
In the Vega Alta, the stone fruit producers described the rains as “positive”, although they pointed out that “they have been the cause of thousands of peonadas being lost in the field.” Manuel Martínez, vice president of Fecoam, explained that the rainfall was “a real blessing for the field” and quantified the amount of rain that fell on the field at 30 liters per square meter. In the municipalities of Valle de Ricote, specifically in Abarán, about 50 l/m2 fell, and the producers were also satisfied with the rainfall.
WITH INFORMATION FROM E. RIBELLES, C. CABALLERO, J. YELO, A. SALAS, I. RUIZ AND JRP
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