Valencia Flash Flood Damages Roads And Vineyards

Story ByLee Bullen,Sub EditorJoseph Golder,AgencyCentral European News

This is the moment a flash flood in Spain sends a huge deluge of mud and debris through a dried-out creek that reportedly went on to damage numerous vineyards and roads.

The flash flood hit the municipality of Requena in the eastern Spanish province of Valencia on 14th July.

In minutes, a dried-out creek was filled with a torrent of rainwater and mud, as seen in the footage.

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The Valencian Association of Farmers (AVA-ASAJA) and the Union of Farmers and Ranchers (La UNIO) estimated that the total cost of damage caused by the flood is between 20 and 30 million EUR (18.2 and 27.3 million GBP).

AVA-ASAJA called it the most devastating flood in the region for 30 years, affecting over 30,000 hectares with farmers in half that area reporting 70 percent damages.

Meanwhile, La UNIO said that 13,000 hectares were affected, with some farms and vineyards reporting between 70 and 100 percent damage.

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Both organisations said the worst hit areas were the municipalities of Villargordo del Cabriel, Camporrobles, Venta del Moro, and Fuenterrobles.

The floods seriously affected numerous vineyards in the area which could have a negative impact on production for the coming years, according to Agronews Comunitat Valenciana.

One vineyard saw a landslide bring down its entire trellis system while local roads and irrigation networks were also affected.

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Meanwhile, AVA-ASAJA has called on the Ministry of Agriculture to provide assistance as soon as possible and compensate farmers for their expected losses.

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