Juan G. R. and Juan G. M. Floods in Catalonia require more effective drainage works.
Water and Irrigation Vol .: 7, No. 1: 28-29, October, 2016, Spain.
Torrential rains of 220 millimiters over a period of 4 hours fell on the Costa Dorada in Catalonia have caused major floods that have affected the coastal strip, the strong streams created dragging cars and all that water in its path, causing the death of a person. The flood control should be intensified, it is necessary to project urban drainage systems in line with the effects of the cold drop and climate change that allow faster evacuation of urban runoff and ensure greater security for the population, tourists and the material goods.
Torrential rains that have hit the coastline of the Costa Dorada in Catalonia on 12 October have caused major flooding, the death of a man and economic losses, the strong streams created dragging cars and all that water was to its passage, many people took refuge in restaurants and yacht clubs in the area.
There have been 220 millimiters rainfall over a period of 4 hours that have caused flooding of streets and underground passage that allow the crossing of the road N-2 and the railway line. In these locations the trains are forced to move slowly, causing delays in the movement thereof.
The heavy rains have caused the overflow of the tributary in the area. The Catalan emergency service has made an alert to the inhabitants of the affected region to take precautions during the night and not make use of private vehicles for the risk involved in driving in these conditions.
Torrential rains have forced to activate the Flood plan in the Community due to flooding in various locations and the risk of overflowing rivers and streams, especially in the Maresme. The most affected in this region has been the stretch between Premia de Mar, Vilassar de Mar, Cabrils, also in Salou the effects of bad weather manifest, according to Civil Protection.
Catalonia is characterized by its great tourism and industrial development. The Catalan Community is visit by millions of tourists every year, which makes the domestic and foreign tourism represents a great contribution of GDP.
In many towns and cities in Spain there are areas with a urban system of poor drainage that is unable to evacuate large volumes of water in a short time, to address the challenge of climate change and the effects of the cold drop that are becoming more aggressive.
Moreover, the rapid urban development has repeatedly not valued sufficiently guarantee the sewerage plan and facility protection against internal and external flooding, there are also means of communication that are not properly protected and have systems urban of poor drainage, which results in that large areas are flooded.
The flood control should be intensified, is necessary decision in time to counteract the damage caused by excessive rains, the investments to be made to ensure these measures are less than huma and material losses caused by the same, not you need to wait there substantial losses as a result of excessive water to develop a more effective strategy. In the case of Catalonia must be projected urban drainage systems in line with the effects of the cold drop and climate change that allow faster evacuation of urban runoff and ensure greater security for the population, tourists and the material goods.