When it Rains, it Pours

Gibraltar, Spain, Weather, Rain

This is part of the flooded parking lot we use. It looks some cars were lucky, while another had water nearly up to its doors.

I know this saying is usually reserved for events – as in, you have a bad day at work and then on the way home, you get in a minor car accident: “when it rains, it pours.” However, I’m using this catch phrase in a more literal sense. I’m finding that down here in the Spain/Gibraltar region, when it rains, it literally pours. It’s let up since last week, but I’ve been holding onto a couple of pictures that really represent how our area was affected by inclement weather.

Clearly, a region that is referred to as the Costa del Sol doesn’t expect to receive much rain. However, I’ve been told by people who have been here a long time that winter is often associated with rain. Apparently, there was a year that it rained from October until the beginning of April – almost every day. Well, we noticed the effects of heavy downpour last week and if the weather plans on doing the same thing this year, we could be in for some problems. Flooding is a major problem in our area – the dirt parking lot we use every day flooded last week and is still trying to dry out. Side streets in La Linea were completely filled with water and as we drove home on Friday, the main street we use to get to Gibraltar even had some problem areas. I heard that in Malaga (about an hour up the coast from us), people died in floods.

I don’t know what the weather has in store for us this winter, but as much as I love rain, I’m not a fan of flooding.

Gibraltar, Spain, Weather, Rain

A side street in La Linea that basically turned into a lake.

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  1. Oh dear! You had it pretty bad down that end of the Costa del Sol, didn´t you? We escaped any serious damage and just ended up with lots of torrential rain and thunderstorms.

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