Campillos and Teba suffer badly from flooding after downpours

Residents woke up to find water, mud and vegetation in the streets.
Residents woke up to find water, mud and vegetation in the streets. / SUR
  • There were numerous calls to the Emergency Services and Civil Protection during the night and early morning, but nobody was injured

The Guadalteba area was one of the most affected by the heavy rain in the early hours of Wednesday morning, especially in Campillos, where people woke to find that extensive damage had been caused by the Arroyo del Cuervo, which is known locally as the Arroyo Rincón, overflowing.

The stream was dirty and full of vegetation after the summer, so mud and plants were washed down the streets together with the water. Two schools were affected by flooding, one of them while pupils were inside. They were evacuated safely.

In Teba the river also overflowed in several places, and the football ground and industrial estate were particularly badly affected.

It was a busy day for the fire brigade, who among other tasks had to pump water out from a property in Bobadilla Estación. Since the storm, the road between Bobadilla and Torrecilla , which runs close to the works on the AVE railway line, has remained cut off.

However, the worst of the damage was in Campillos. A thick layer of mud covered many of the streets and numerous cleaning teams had to be contracted especially, working for hours to remove debris from the roads, many of which were cut off. The avenue from the bridge to the Local Police station resembled a swimming pool, and the 112 Emergency Service received more than 40 calls for assistance in the area.

Classes at several schools were suspended, either because the playground was completely flooded and the pupils couldn't enter the premises, or because the roads were impassable and pupils were unable to make the journey.

The mayor of Campillos, Francisco Guerrero, blamed the flooding on the neglected state of the Arroyo Rincón. He said he was also taking advice on whether Campillos should be declared a disaster area.