Damage estimated at over €100,000 was caused early last month when a water pipe fractured and flooded the village of El Trapiche. Between 8,000 and 10,000 cubic metres of water poured into the area in just 30 minutes after it spilled from the 1.2 metre pipe which carries supplies from the Viñuela reservoir to a nearby water treatment plant
The problem started at about 10.15pm on February 4 when water began inundating a 400 metre stretch of the road, prompting residents to evacuate, and forcing the closure of the A-7205 road at kilometre 11. Water up to 1.5 metres deep gathered in calle Poeta García Valverde flooding the lower floors of more than 60 homes and a dozen vehicles.
One 90-year-old woman remained trapped in her house until she was rescued by the emergency services and taken to hospital in Vélez-Málaga. No other injuries were reported.
Work continued through the night to repair the break and steps were taken to ensure supplies to 14 municipalities served by the fractured pipe. Reasons for the incident are unclear, although one suggestion is that an earthwork nearby make have contributed. The pipeline is owned by the Andalucían Agency for the Environment and Water which is reported to be liable for repairing damage.
The mayor of Velez-Malaga, Antonio Moreno Ferrer, said that technicians have estimated damage in the seven worst-affected homes at €100,000 while other damages were still being assessed. There was also a call for emergency transport to be made available to those who lost vehicles or were isolated by the flood.