Albufeira floods again after “just 10 minutes of rain”

All it took was “10 minutes of rain” to flood parts of Albufeira on Monday night (December 28), less than two months after the devastating floods that hit the town causing up to €20 million worth of damage.

Once again, the town’s ‘baixa’ bar district was worst hit, with water reaching depths of 20cm.

But flooding “could not be compared” to the disaster that hit in November, a source from rescue operations command CDOS Faro explained.

The situation was “quickly resolved” with business owners frantically mopping up as they desperately prepare for New Year’s Eve – a high-point in Albufeira tourism.

“It’s a thankless job,” one told RTP news. “We’ve been preparing for the festivities for a week but now all our work has gone down the drain.

“No one expected something like this to happen again after just 10 minutes of rain,” he added, as the report suggested some drains have still not been properly cleared since the floods that claimed one life and destroyed so much property in November.

Elsewhere, minor flooding was reported in Portimão and Faro, although none of it caused any significant damage.

michael.bruxo@algarveresident.com