Palma.—The violent weather which reached Majorca after sweeping across the mainland earlier in the week resulted in roads being cut off trapping vehicles at roundabouts, flood channels (torrents) bursting their banks; and boats being sunk after coming adrift from their moorings.

Emergency Services were on the alert from early Sunday morning as it had started raining heavily in the early hours and conditions looked set to continue throughout the day.

The Majorcan Fire Service predicted trouble, saying that when bands of rain continue to sweep across the island one after the other, there are bound to be incidents of one kind or another.

And indeed it proved to be true, Emergency Services had kept things under control during the first half of the day and the early afternoon, but at around 5pm a cloudburst in Palma, Calvia, Andratx and Puigpunyent sparked a series of incidents and callouts. Despite drainage works earlier this year, the main road at La Vileta, turned into a swimming pool, cutting vehicles off at the roundabout after the intense rain threatened to trap some vehicles in their tracks but the rain eased off at the critical moment.

Almost at the same moment, the Puigpunyent flood channel burst its banks on its way through the Son Serralta housing complex and Emergency teams had to cut the Ma-1041 road. Gale force winds forced down trees in some parts of Palma and outlying areas.

In Andratx, the wind ripped up palm trees in the port and smashed one drifting boat against the shore.


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