Hundreds flee floods at music festival campsite

Around a thousand people camping at the Arenal Sound festival on Spain’s eastern coast had to be evacuated from the site in the early hours of Friday morning after heavy rains caused major flooding.

Hundreds flee floods at music festival campsite
Archive photo of a flooded tent. Photo: Paul Holloway/Flickr

While many Spaniards were welcoming a drop in temperatures across the country this week, revellers at the Arenal music festival in Castellón were definitely not.

Between 800 and 1,000 attendees were forced to evacuate the festival campsite after heavy rain caused huge floods, with many taking to social media to upload photographs of the water flowing through their tents.

The festival, which takes place on Burriana beach in the eastern Spanish region of Castellón, started on Tuesday and continues until Sunday, August 2nd. It features acts such as La Roux, The Hives and The Kooks.

According to sources from the local fire brigade quoted in Spanish daily La Vanguardia, at around 3.30am on Friday morning several buses moved the campers to temporary accommodation in the town’s Casa de Cultura when much of the camp site was left underwater after heavy flooding.

Firefighters are currently working to pump out water from the area where the festival is taking place. The festival’s schedule had to be suspended on Thursday due to heavy rain. 

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Spain urges holidaymakers to head home early due to snow and strong wind warnings

Nine Spanish regions were put on alert on Tuesday for heavy snow, rain and strong winds, with the country's traffic authorities calling for people taking holidays this long weekend to head home early to avoid the worst of the bad weather.

Spain urges holidaymakers to head home early due to snow and strong wind warnings
Vehicles stuck in traffic due to a heavy snowfall near Burgos, northern Spain, in March 2021. Photo: Cesar Manso/AFP

Aragón, Castilla y León, Catalonia, Navarra and the Basque Country will be on orange alert from Tuesday for snow storms, while Asturias, Cantabria, La Rioja and La Comunidad Valenciana are on the less-severe yellow alert, Spain’s State Meteorological Agency (Aemet) announced.

A slight increase in temperatures will increase the risk of avalanches in the Pyrenees and the central Cantabrian mountain range.

Some roads in the north of the country are already being affected by snow and are being restricted to some traffic such as trucks and heavy vehicles.

Spain’s traffic authority (DGT) called on residents in the northern half of the country to return early from the puente (long weekend) marked by the public holidays of December 6 and 8, ahead of heavy snow forecast for Wednesday.

Of the 108 main roads affected by the heavy snow in Spain, almost half of them are in the northeastern region Aragón.

Aragón, Catalonia and Navarra are at risk of avalanches, according to data from Aemet, while a storm warning has been issued for the coastal areas of Galicia, Asturias, Cantabria, Catalonia and the Basque country.

Heavy rainfall is expected in Galicia, extending to Cantabria and the western Pyrenees.