MADRID, Dec 31 (AFP) Dec 31, 2009
Heavy rain and snowfall forced the closure of about 30 roads in Spain Thursday, mainly in the country's southwest where fields and homes have been flooded in recent days, officials said.
The A4 highway linking Madrid to Seville, the capital of the Andalucia region, was closed to traffic for over five hours because the Jabalon River overflowed its banks, a regional government official said.
Twenty secondary roads remained closed in the region, half of them near Cadiz, the interior ministry's traffic management agency said.
Snowfall also forced the closure of secondary roads in Asturias in the north, Salamanca in the centre and Girona in the northeast, it added.
The national weather office placed all of Andalucia on a "yellow" alert -- the second level on a scale of four -- which warns that meteorological conditions "are not unusual" but "potentially dangerous".
It predicted rainfall of up to 15 litres (3.9 gallons) per square metre (10.8 square feet) an hour in the region, accompanied by wind gusts of up to 80 kilometres (50 miles) an hour.All rights reserved. © 2005 Agence France-Presse. Sections of the information displayed on this page (dispatches, photographs, logos) are protected by intellectual property rights owned by Agence France-Presse. As a consequence, you may not copy, reproduce, modify, transmit, publish, display or in any way commercially exploit any of the content of this section without the prior written consent of Agence France-Presse.