Rain and hail flood houses and lead to roadblock in Montalegre

The intense rain and hailstorms caused flooding today on roads, in houses and on a commercial surface in Montalegre, in the district of Vila Real, and led to the cut of a road, the municipality told Lusa.

The deputy mayor of Montalegre City Council, David Teixeira, explained that heavy rain and hail fell on that village for about half an hour, between 15:00 and 15:30.

The sudden rain and falling stone clogged pipes, which caused water to enter houses and even houses in buildings, through balconies”, said the responsible for the municipal Civil Protection.

In Estrada Municipal 308, the reduction of part of the road due to bad weather led to the cut of the road.

David Teixeira added that this occurrence is still being evaluated and that for now the track will continue to be cut.

Due to the clogging of gutters, several other arteries were also flooded with water.

The rain has stopped and at this time the Montalegre Volunteer Firefighters and the municipal Civil Protection are on the ground to clean the roads.”, he stressed.

The hailstorm has already affected around 2,200 hectares of vineyards, mainly in the municipalities of Armamar, Lamego, Peso da Régua and Vila Real, according to estimates by the Regional Directorate of Agriculture and Fisheries of the North (DRAPN).

The first occurrence of hail, heavy rain and thunderstorm in recent weeks happened on May 31, mainly affecting the municipality of Vila Real.

New bad weather episodes occurred on Friday and Sunday, also affecting the municipalities of Peso da Régua, Armamar and Lamego, all within the Douro Demarcated Region.

In view of the storms that have ravaged the region in recent days, the Douro Intermunicipal Community (CIM Douro), together with the municipalities of Armamar, Alijó, Lamego and Vila Real, have already requested an audience with the Minister of Agriculture, Maria do Céu Antunes, to that together they can assess the “huge losses” and find solutions for farmers in this territory.

A source from the Vila Real District Command for Operations and Relief (CDOS) told Lusa today that so far there have been no significant occurrences due to bad weather this afternoon, with the exception of Montalegre.

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