Hundreds flee floods at music festival campsite

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

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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