Photos: Michels, E Davila
MAJORCA was hit by another storm yesterday which caused widespread flooding and landslides, and once again it was the north of the island which suffered most.
The heavy rain which started to fall early in the morning caused landslides which partially blocked some country roads, and flooding in many parts of the island.
The worst rockfalls were on the roads from Banyalbufar to Estellencs, from Deya to Valldemossa, Deya to Soller, between S'Arraco and Sant Elm and country roads in the Andratx area.
The worst flooding was in the Port of Pollensa, Sencelles, Lloseta, Alcudia and Can Picafort.
The heaviest rainfall was in the north of the island and the Tramontana mountains between 6 and 10am.
The local police forces were mobilised early in the morning and the Council of Majorca fire brigades were kept busy removing fallen trees and pumping out water from shops and homes.
At mid-morning they removed two trees, one from the road between Banyalbufar and Estellencs and one on the Puig Major road.
In Sencelles, the fire brigade had to go to Cami de Salt Llarg where a family was stranded in their home. Pedro Bruno said that every time it rains heavily, the water in the nearby torrent rises, trapping them in their home. He said the town council says it is the environment ministry's problem, but the ministry sends them back to the town council. Yesterday, the fire brigade carried the children from one side of the torrent to the other in a crane, so that they could go to school.
Pollensa was once again badly hit by the storm, particularly the area known as Vall den March between the town and the road to Lluc.
Councillor Joan Comas said that during the night, 115 litres of rain per square metre had fallen in the area, and the torrent had been unable to cope.
Environment ministry officials have already visited the area to evaluate the extent of the damage caused by the rain and to try and solve the most serious problems.
Mayor Joan Cerda confirmed that once the level of the water has gone down, the ministry will carry out emergency repairs on the container walls at the torrent. The ministry has also put heavy machinery at the disposal of the council, so that tree branches which were torn off during the storm and fell into the torrent can be removed.
Mayor Cerda said yesterday afternoon they were still in a state of alert but were working to prevent further damage if it continues to rain.
In the port of Pollensa, the main streets were flooded.
The rain ruined the holidays of many visiters. Between December 3 and 8am yesterday, 253 litres of rain per square metre fell in Lluc and 208 litres in the Port of Pollensa.
In Ariany, rainfall was calculated at 121 litres per square metre between Saturday morning and Sunday morning.
The weather man says that the bad weather will continue until tomorrow. For today, rain is expected to be heavy, between 15 and 40 litres per square metre in an hour.
It will improve slightly from Friday, although the risk of scattered downpours will continue over the weekend.