Torrential rains prevoked a sudden swell and rise of the Turis River in Spain - a sudden flooding that lead to the destruction of a number of bridges in the town of Valencia.
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Background: Torrential rains prevoked a sudden swell and rise of the Turis River in Spain - a sudden flooding that lead to the destruction of a number of bridges in the town of Valencia.
Rising beyond the flood level, the water swept through the surrounding countryside, filling the streets with mud and even reaching the countryside beyond the city.
These are the remains of a circus after the storm had passed......
Telephone communications were completely disrupted and telegraph men had to go out through the storms to resume communications with the rest of Spain........
Near the harbour, the rushing water wrenched away iron railings and smashed down walls while the read from the city to the Port of Grae was strown with debris and abandoned cars. All public transport was stopped.
Many people took refuge on the roofs of their homes and cattle and horses were often set free in order to save themselves from the rising water.....The parks and premenad s of the city offer this desolating view.....In some streets the water reached levels up to 3 metres.
The flood covered the heart of the city......This is how the Plaza del Caudillo and adjacent streets appeared when the cameraman were able to enter the town.
While relief squads hurried from all parts of the country, emergency operations were put in hand to rescue many of the people who had bee marooned in their homes for several days. Thousands of tons of mud cover the streets....Under the persistent rainfall; the first queues to get food are formed....Even drinking water was scarce because of damage to the mains and many people drew their fresh water from the city fountains.
While firemen started to pump the mud from the streets, the city authorities compiled the first casualty list which showed that 70 people had died in the watery chaos.