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Andalucia saw heavy torrential rain again today, causing flooding in Jeréz de la Frontera (Cadiz) and winds of up to 100kmph in Galicia kept the fishing fleet in port and brought trees down in Santiago de Compostela and a number of other towns.

The town council in Jeréz has opened a special office to deal with all the requests for assistance after several days of severe weather has left families in rural areas with extensive damage to their crops, livestock and homes. They are currently considering the possibility of opening another help centre just to deal with the rural El Portal area, where 80 families have been unable to return to their homes since last Friday.

Jeréz, like the rest of the province, is still on yellow alert, with more heavy rain expected overnight, followed by strong winds set to reach up to 80kmph in Grazelma and along the coast.

The reservoir at Bornos was still overflowing this morning at a rate of 98 cubic metres per second, but the river Guadalete had dropped slightly since its highest level of 6.97 metres after the initial downpours on Friday.

In Jaén the rain yet again caused the river Guadabullón to flood the A-6000, linking Mengíbar and Villagordo. Practically all the reservoirs in the province of Jaén are overflowing, especially those in Aguascebas, Rumblar, Jándula and Dañador, which are all well above capacity.

The reservoirs at Guadalmena, Guadalén, La Fernandina and Quiebrajano are all at 90% of their capacity and numerous roads in the surrounding area have been flooded.

In Seville, a police helicopter had to rescue a man who had become trapped in his car on the banks of the river Quema in Villamanrique de la Condesa, as the river levels had risen so much over the past few days.

In Ceuta, more heavy rain has closed the road that links the city with Morocco as there are fears of more landslides.

In Galicia, fishing boats had to take refuge in various ports along the coast of A Coruña and Lugo, after winds of over 100kmph and waves of up to seven metres made it impossible for them to sail.
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