Valencia wakes up after the rainstorm with suspended classes and canceled trains

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Firefighters carry out nearly a hundred exits and thirty bilge

Valencia has woken up with a certain calm after the historic downpour of water that fell yesterday in the early hours of the night. May 3 has been in the capital the day of the month of May with the highest accumulated rainfall since 1871, according to data from the State Meteorological Agency (Aemet).

The firefighters had to make nearly a hundred exits and the night closed with thirty water bilges. The Local Police also worked intensely throughout the night, since the water has penetrated many low and buildings, especially in the areas of Malva-rosa, Cabanyal and Nazareth.

As a result of the storm, the city's tunnels and underpasses were cut off and caused problems on the subway line. Also on the Cercanías lines due to the flooding of tunnels and tracks. Specifically, due to the fact that the trains circulate on a single track as they pass through Catarroja, significant delays are taking place on lines C1 and C2 in the section between Silla and València Nord. Convoys also circulate on a single track as they pass through the Fuente de San Luis station. The technicians are in the area trying to solve the problems, they report from Renfe. On the C3 line (Valencia-Utiel) the trains run with an average delay of ten minutes.

But the problems also extend to other commuter lines with train cancellations, such as the Valencia-Buñol at 8:40 a.m. or the Castellón-Valencia at 6:50 a.m., which has been suppressed from the Sagunto station, or the one from Valencia-Gandía at 8.41. In addition, a bus service has been launched in the cut sections such as the one from Puçol-València-Nord.

Universities suspend face-to-face classes

On the other hand, the Valencian universities have also taken measures. The Politècnica de València informed last night of the suspension on the Vera campus of all face-to-face activity.

Given the situation, the UPV asks the entire university community for "maximum caution" and strongly recommends not taking any unnecessary risk. This Wednesday at 12.00 the information will be updated.

For its part, the University of Valencia has declared emergency level 1, which means that in this emergency situation, non-attendance at activities that involve attendance control, including exams, will not affect the academic performance of students, when circumstances occur that justifiably prevent the student from traveling to the campus.

In this way, scheduled exams are not suspended, but those who cannot attend the call for these justified reasons will take the exam on an alternative date.

The waterspout has also affected numerous municipalities in the Valencia metropolitan area. In Alboraia the Local Police keeps two tunnels cut.

From 10:00 p.m. on May 2 and until 8:00 a.m. on Wednesday, the 112 Emergency telephone number answered 1,563 calls related to the rainy episode and managed 1,083 incidents.

In the early hours of Wednesday afternoon, the Emergency Coordination Center of the Generalitat updated its warnings and decreed the end of the pre-emergency due to rain and storms on the Castellón coast and on the north coast of Valencia while the pre-emergency for rains in the south of Valencia and there is a yellow risk due to rains in Alicante.

More than 200 liters per square meter

The storm left in the city of Valencia up to 232.2 liters per square meter in just over 24 hours, between the day of this past Tuesday and the previous morning (with 59.8 l/m2). On the rainy day, that is, from 9:00 a.m. on Tuesday and until Wednesday morning, the record reached 172.4 l/m2, according to data from the State Meteorological Agency (Aemet).

Since 1884, only four days had been counted with precipitation higher than that figure of 172.4 l/m2: September 18, 1884, with 182.0 l/m2; on November 12, 1897, with 251.2; on November 17, 1956, with 262.6 and on October 11, 2007, with 178.2.

As reported by 112 GVA, with data from Avamet, in the last four hours of the night, Quesa had registered 72.8 l/m2; Cots, 72.3; Carcer, 61.6; Alzira 54.8 and Guadassuar, 53.2. With the figures of the Júcar Hydrographic Confederation, Quart de Poblet reached 94.8; Antella, 54.8; Carcer, 48.6; Tous, 47 and Villamarxant, 35.6.

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