Malta experienced flash flooding in parts of the country Friday evening as a predicted thunderstorm opened up all over the island. Everything from homes to cars were damaged by the rain, but a new alarm has been raised over damage to a section of Attard Road, between Attard and Żebbuġ.
People are concerned whether the bridge at the outskirts of Attard may collapse following major damage to the road’s infrastructure – part of the road is now dipping, with a large crack appearing between the road and the pavement.
Pictured: the damage on Attard road
Pictured: the surrounding area
Photo: Google Maps
Infrastructure Malta has issued a statement on the damage, clarifying that the bridge was not damaged
“We refer to the concerns raised about road surface damage at Triq H’Attard, between Żebbuġ and Attard. The area shown in the photo shared on social media is not part of the nearby bridge, and is not affecting its structural stability.”
“The road and the bridge were inspected earlier this week, and once again today, and do not need to be closed. Works to replace the damaged asphalt and underlying material is scheduled to start as soon as possible this weekend, weather permitting.”
Balzan Valley road also experienced some severe damage
The thunderstorm’s deluge of rain also wiped off the tarmac on the road, exposing two manhole covers to the road. Drivers are being cautioned to avoid the area and the manholes when driving through the road.