Downpours in Tarragona caused severe flooding and brought down the city

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Heavy rains in Camp de Tarragona on Friday afternoon caused severe flooding in various parts of the region, especially in the capital, where roads turned into rivers, and cars were also stranded on the first floor of a hospital. Santa Tech is impossible by water. Firefighters, who received dozens of calls over a period of several hours, also explained that an apartment building in La Canoja and a school in Catlar were flooded. In addition, the N-340 in Vila Seca was broken due to flooding.

In another fallout from the rain, the city council decided to suspend the Santa Tecla festival “to ensure the safety of citizens”. Due to high water on some roads, authorities have advised people not to drive or leave their homes unless absolutely necessary.

⚠️ Entering the Platja de l’Arabasada in Tarragona is a hot spot of the day. Aiguat-sha Fort has a variety of cottages. In the l’Arrabassada area they have accumulated 138 mm and are flowing 🤯 #Projecte4Estacions

— Project 4 Stations ☀️ (@P4Estacions) September 23, 2022

The grounds of the Miracle School in Tarragona were also flooded and several cars were towed to the Arbasada area near the beach. Another consequence is that the flow of the Francoli River has increased significantly, although it does not appear to be overflowing its banks.

The city council calculated that the water that fell was more than 100 liters per square meter and that it flooded different parts of the city, such as the part of Baix, the area around the N-340. Areas under Paisos Catalons Avenue between Ponentus, Sant Pere and Sant Pau, as well as a sightseeing spot and exit point to the city’s coast.

In some parts of the city, the impact was 50 liters per square meter in just 30 minutes.

Carrers com rius to urbanize Cala Romana, in Tarragona 😱 #Projecte4Estacions

— Project 4 Stations ☀️ (@P4Estacions) September 23, 2022

Affected infrastructure

In the area of ​​the road network, the N-340 and AP-7 in Vila-Seca had to be cut off due to flooding and several sections on the same AP-7 were affected by bins. C-32 at El Vendrell, N-340 at Coma Ruga and A-2 at San Juan Despi were also affected.

Trains were also affected by the rain, and the R17 Cercanías and RT2 lines between Tarragona and Port Aventura were affected by power outages. An alternative road service has been created.

By 7:30 p.m., the fire department had received 94 alerts in the Tarragona emergency area as a result of the storm. 73 came from the city of Tarragona, but there were also Altafulla (4) and Reus (5).

Till 7 pm, 112 received 478 calls regarding 287 incidents due to rain. 322 calls were made from the city of Tarragona, 37 from El Catalar and 22 from Reus.

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