Over 40 callouts in Gibraltar, but no major problems

Over 40 callouts in Gibraltar, but no major problems

Gibraltar’s emergency services attended 40 callouts over the weekend as torrential rain lashed the Rock two consecutive days.

But compared to neighbouring towns in the Campo de Gibraltar, Gibraltar escaped relatively unscathed.

Most of the callouts related to localised flooding to businesses and some residential properties, as well as two schools.

There was also flooding at the Dental Department in the Primary Care Centre, with clinics there cancelled for the rest of the week and relocated to St Bernard’s Hospital.

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There were reports of rock falls and sections of Europa Advance Road and the Upper Rock Nature Reserve were closed to traffic for long periods over the weekend. Additional personnel were drafted in to cope with the volume of calls.

But Colin Ramirez, Deputy Chief Fire Officer at the Gibraltar Fire and Rescue Service, said there were no major incidents locally.

“We have dealt with this in the past, so it’s not too much different for us,” said Mr Ramirez.

“We have seen the worst of it too,” he added.

A number of businesses reported water ingress, including several Main Street shops and some restaurants in Casemates, and some residential homes were also reported hit by the rains.

The annual Winter Party in Town had to be cancelled on the Saturday night as a result of the rain.

On Sunday the Department of Education, together with emergency personnel and staff from GJBS, worked overnight to ensure schools could be opened on Monday.

 

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