Valencian Town Flooded After River Bursts Banks During Deluge

Severe flooding hit parts of eastern Spain on Thursday, September 12, with close to four times the monthly average of rain falling in just 24 hours, according to local meteorological reports.

Two people were killed in Caudette, in Valencia, according to El Pais, and dozens of people had to be evacuated as a result of the flooding.

The stormy weather was being attributed by forecasters and local press to a phenomenon know as the “cold drop,” or gota fría, which generally strikes Spain in autumn as a result of cold polar air colliding with warm Mediterranean air.

This video, from Ontinyent in Valencia, shows the River Clariano overflowing as a result of the heavy rainfall. Credit: Batalleta via Storyful