Torrential Rains Cause Floods in Northeastern Spain
TARRAGONA, Spain (AP) _ Torrential rain accompanied by high winds caused flooding in towns along Spain’s northeastern coast Saturday, forcing closure of some roads and local rail lines and knocking out electrical power to hundreds of houses, Civil Defense officials said.
The government of the northeastern region of Catalonia said two people were killed and three seriously injured when their vehicle turned over in a rural area of Lerida province due to a landslide caused by heavy rain.
The officials said seven people were slightly injured in Calafell, just north of this provincial capital, when high winds broke windows in a hotel and apartment buildings.
The National Weather Institute predicted heavy rain in the four provinces of Catalonia and in the Mediterranean Balearic islands through the weekend and reported several rivers near flood stage.
But forecasters said the rainstorms were not expected to match storms which lashed the region the previous week, resulting in 12 deaths.
Civil Defense officials remained on alert throughout northeastern Spain and police asked residents not make unnecessary car trips.