Tenerife Road Collapse
January 19, 2010 Leave a comment
Tenerife’s roads are remarkably well engineered using natural stone to form bridges over the many barrancas but occasionally the power of nature takes over. During flash flooding, water takes the line of least resistance and may end up getting trapped by a blocked waterway. Landslides can also cause blockages which may have contributed to this Tenerife Road collapse.
During November 2009 the north of Tenerife suffered a succession of heavy storms which caused flooding and minor landslides blocking some roads and causing damage to homes and businesses. The road damage you see in this photo was caused due to rainwater run off being trapped behind the retaining wall of this bridge which sadly collapsed. This is not a common occurence and nobody was hurt.
The incident occurred near the village of Palo Blanco near Los Realjos in a mountainous area on the secondary TF326 road when torrential rain hit several villages in the north of Tenerife.