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Spanish City Braces for Flooding From Swollen Ebro River

A flooded area near the Ebro River in Alfocena, near to Zaragoza Aragon province, northern Spain, Tuesday, Dec. 14, 2021. Heavy rain has led to flooding in northern Spain. (AP Photo/Alvaro Barrientos)
A flooded area near the Ebro River in Alfocena, near to Zaragoza Aragon province, northern Spain, Tuesday, Dec. 14, 2021. Heavy rain has led to flooding in northern Spain. (AP Photo/Alvaro Barrientos)

Madrid (AP) -- Authorities in the Spanish city of Zaragoza braced Tuesday for a critical surge in the level of the Ebro River, after flooding further upstream in recent days was blamed for two deaths.

The river’s flow rate climbed to 2,000 cubic meters (70,600 cubic feet) a second — almost double Sunday’s rate as water from torrential rain and thawing snow rushed down the Ebro valley.