Heavy rain floods parts of Algarve, including Castro Marim police station

Thursday’s heavy rain caused floods in many parts of the Algarve, particularly in the east.

Castro Marim was among the worst affected towns and saw waves of water flood several houses and even the local GNR police station.

According to reports, it rained so much that the water level rose significantly on the EN122 road between Castro Marim and the IC27, forcing several drivers to stop and wait until the rain let up.

Some vehicles even had to be towed, VRSA fire station commander Nuno Pereira told Jornal de Notícias.

Traffic was also cut off on other roads in Castro Marim and Monte Gordo, but no major occurrences were reported, he added.

Meanwhile in Olhão, the town’s underpass near the local train station became completely flooded as usual when it rains.

In a statement to the press, the local council said that 53 occurrences were reported in the municipality. Most of the roads that were closed yesterday have already reopened, while the underpass was due to reopen this Friday morning, the council said.

The good news is that no one appears to have been hurt and no major damage reported in any of the occurrences. However, further floods could be on the horizon as a weekend of rain is forecast for Portugal.

michael.bruxo@algarveresident.com