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Jan 14 2021

Spain: Madrid residents battle thousands of fallen trees and ice after historic snowfall

Madrid residents are still rallying after one of its biggest snowfalls on record brought the city to a halt, as seen on Wednesday.

Locals could be seen trying to break through the ice covering the walkways while police attempted to clear the pavements of branches that have fallen during the snowstorm.

Footage also shows dozens of damaged trees and fallen branches at Casa de Campo Park. According to local reports, more than 2,000 patients have been treated in the Community of Madrid’s hospitals due to falls and slips caused by snow and ice.

“The situation is unfortunate because everything is quite bad, it’s like a hurricane, you know, and I imagine that for the shops it must be very difficult because everything is closed, we have had the coronavirus, economic activity is much more affected. I hope they declare Madrid a ‘disaster area’,” said Mario, a Madrid resident.

Storm ‘Filomena’ provoked a historic snowfall in Madrid, the most intense recorded in a 24 hour period since 1971. The Madrid City Council confirmed that it will request the declaration of a disaster area.

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