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Flash flooding batter Madrid

Arganda del Rey in the Madrid region was hit by a powerful hailstorm on 26 August. Extreme weather caused massive flooding: roads were turned into rivers, and even an operating room of a local hospital was flooded.

Due to the extreme weather event, metro traffic was still disrupted the next morning. According to first responders, firefighters made a total of 152 interventions, primarily in the vicinities located south and east of Madrid.

Photos on public and local media shows how the current swept away cars covered in mud, garbage bins and street furniture:

Video: YouTube/Disaster Compilations

"There were no personal injuries and the interventions were relatively normal for a storm like this," told AFP a spokesman for the emergency services.

Four highways and five subway lines had to be closed Monday night in the area of the capital city of Madrid. Several subway stations were flooded. The next day, traffic was still disturbed at many locations.

Water flooded the hospital at Arganda del Rey, causing disruption in the operating room and in the maternity ward. Similar disruption occurred at a clinic in Madrid.

Men clearing ice in the hail and flood-stricken town of Arganda del Rey in the region of Madrid on 26 August 2019 Photo: MTI/EPA/EFE/Rodrigo Jiménez
Further information: El País

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