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Spain's southwestern Jerez cut off by flooding

MADRID -- Heavy rains in the country's southwest cut off road, rail and air access to the city of Jerez, authorities said Friday.

Airport authority AENA said Jerez airport had to temporarily close due to flooding that affected the runway and flooded the terminal building's basement, party knocking out electrical systems. It said 24 scheduled flights were canceled, but that some flights were now able to take off.

Police services said they were using inflatable boats to check areas where floodwaters on the highway were 2 meters (6.5 feet) deep.

Spain's railway authority Renfe said rail lines to Jerez and the port city of Cadiz were unusable due to flooding. More than 1,500 rail users had been affected by delays or detours, it said.

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