Rain after drought = flood

After more than four months of summer drought, the Algarve has finally been getting its autumn rains. But less than two weeks of occasional squalls plus a day or two of light rain hasn’t been enough for the water to fully penetrate soil that was baked into concrete. So when it rained hard all day yesterday, some municipalities had no way to control the runoff. Quarteira, Albufeira, and Boliqueime were all hit by flash floods up to two meters (six feet) high. One man died in Boliqueime when the rising waters swept him away, and in Albufeira the floodwaters reached halfway up the first floor in the city center.

Loulé had no issues other than a temporary road closure. In fact, we were so insulated from any problems that when a friend told me about the floods, I thought she was exaggerating.

She was not, as this video shows.

(Albufeira is located about 20 km from where we live.)


About Fletcher DeLancey

Socialist heathen and Mac-using author of the Chronicles of Alsea, who enjoys pondering science, politics, well-honed satire (though sarcastic humor can work, too) and all things geeky.
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3 Responses to Rain after drought = flood

  1. Lisa Shaw says:

    That’s an impressive video — very high image quality and a pretty comprehensive look at the situation from a variety of locations and angles. I was glad not to see any people or animals in any apparent distress, for all the mess this has made. Glad you’re safe on high ground. 🙂

  2. irithbloom says:

    This is all so depressing. We humans have really had a bad impact on the climate. The most depressing part is that so many people are in denial about our role. *sigh*

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