Two people lost their lives while the fate of two others is unknown after torrential rains caused major flooding yesterday, Sunday, and this morning in central Spain, resulting in road closures and the suspension of metro lines as well as the cancellation of high-speed train services.

Helicopters were dispatched to rescue people who sought shelter on their rooftops in the Toledo areaabout 50 kilometers southwest of Madrid, announced emergency services.

The sudden downpour turned roads into torrents of mud that washed away cars and rubbish bins in the regions of Madrid, Castilla-La Mancha, Catalonia and Valencia. Hail also fell in many areas.

Two people died in the countryside around Toledo, a police spokesman said.

“It was raining all the time and we were a little scared, but we were inside the house and we were safe,” said Isabella Stewart, an American missionary who lives in Toledo.

Another Toledo resident, Ruben Gondaleth, said, “I live four blocks away and it was very intense. Everything is flooded. It’s something crazy.”

In the Madrid region, emergency services dealt with almost 1,200 incidents overnight and firefighters and police are investigating for a man in the rural area of ​​Aldea de Fresno, southwest of Madrid, emergency services announced.

The man’s fate is unknown after the car, in which he was riding with his 10-year-old son, was swept away by the overflowing waters of the Alberce River.

“The minor was rescued after climbing a tree,” Madrid authorities announced. His mother and sister, who were also in the vehicle, had been rescued a short time earlier.

The fate of an 84-year-old man is also unknown in the Villamanada region, west of Madrid, after he was swept away by a torrent of water and mud.

Roads in the Madrid region have been closed as six bridges have collapsed from the pressure of the overflowing waters.

The intensity of the rain has eased somewhat today and the National Meteorological Service lowered the alert level to yellow, from orange and red yesterday, Sunday, in seven regions, including those of Madrid, Castilla-La Mancha , Catalonia, the Balearic Islands and the Basque Country.

Metro lines remained closed this morning in central Madrid, although services resumed in most of the city during the morning and around noon only a few stations near the Mantanares River remained closed, the company that runs Madrid’s metro said in a statement.

Some high-speed train services between Madrid and the southern region of Andalusia in southern Spain resumed later today, but trains are running at slower speeds than usual.