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Storm Filomena brings serious flooding fears in San Roque

Business premises in San Roque are flooded by the effects of storm Filomena.
Business premises in San Roque are flooded by the effects of storm Filomena. / LA VOZ DE CÁDIZ
  • The town's mayor has called for "great caution" and closed several roads as a precaution

The mayor of San Roque, Juan Carlos Ruiz Boix, has urgently appealed to the public for "great caution" as storm Filomena rolls across the Campo de Gibraltar area raising major flooding fears in the town.

He has warned of rising water levels in the Arroyo del Cachón and the risk of it overflowing its banks. As a precaution he has ordered the closure of several streets.

The mayor has said the storm "has been damaging several streets of the municipality for hours" and warns the storm will be present throughout Friday with "the worst hours expected between 3pm and 7pm."

"Therefore, we must exercise caution in all neighbourhoods," he indicated.

The mayor also reported incidents due to capacity problems in the sewage system “in the face of such a volume of water."

"Our work teams have been deployed throughout the town trying to minimise the damage, but have difficulty attending all incidents, “ he warned.

Amber and yellow warnings from Spain’s state weather agency (Aemet) remain in place along much of the coast in the south of the country until midnight.