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.)