Storms and rain­fall of up to 100 litres per square me­tre in the Ma­rina Alta once again sees the sea en­gulf Dé­nia's Les Deveses beach

Costa Blanca News (North Edition) - - FRONT PAGE - By Saman­tha Kett skett@cb­

A FAIR­GROUND at­trac­tion blown down, four hol­i­day­mak­ers evac­u­ated from a villa, roads cut off and street lights not work­ing are among the af­ter­math of freak storms that broke out across the Ma­rina Alta over Tues­day and Wed­nes­day this week.

Emer­gency beach re­pair teams have gone out in Dé­nia and Jávea af­ter floods left débris on the sands, ripped up wooden walk­ways and blew life­guard sta­tions over.

Tues­day night's 79 litres of rain per square me­tre had reached 160 litres by Wed­nes­day, leav­ing the CV-673 and Jávea's Are­nal es­planade closed off due to floods.

At least six town-cen­tre streets in Dé­nia were im­pass­able, in­clud­ing the Avenida Joan Fuster at the Calle Di­ana cross­roads, and the Camí de Gan­dia, or the back road to Els Poblets.

All the street lights went off on Wed­nes­day night on the Las Mari­nas coast road.

Dé­nia's seafront fair­ground was badly hit, with one of its at­trac­tions, known as the 'Cir­cus', up­rooted and torn in half.

Four young women on hol­i­day in Jávea were evac­u­ated on Wed­nes­day when their rented villa flooded, and they spent the night in the Red Cross shel­ter along with a home­less man who feared for his safety in the storm.

The women re­turned to their ac­com­mo­da­tion yes­ter­day (Thurs­day) morn­ing, where they had to bail out sev­eral inches of wa­ter.

What's left of Les Deveses dis­ap­pears be­neath the waves

A hu­man chain on Les Deveses beach on Sun­day in protest over the poor state of their shores could be seen as jump­ing the gun – the en­tire coast was un­der wa­ter by Wed­nes­day morn­ing fol­low­ing the first in a series of freak storms hit­ting the Ma­rina Alta.

The beach, which is ge­o­graph­i­cally in El Verger and close to Oliva but po­lit­i­cally in Dé­nia, has long suf­fered from a lack of sand and vir­tu­ally ab­sent clean­ing, but all that was wa­ter un­der the bridge when 79 litres of rain per square me­tre struck the area over Tues­day night.

The waves now bat­ter against the walls of seafront res­i­dents' homes, most of which were built en masse 89 years ago right on the sand.

But the hu­mans form­ing the chain in­tend to re­peat the ex­er­cise this com­ing Sun­day at noon, since their ur­ban­i­sa­tion suf­fers from se­ri­ous ne­glect with no street lights, no clean­ing ser­vice, rare rub­bish col­lec­tion, pot­holes, weeds and rub­bish.

For Dé­nia coun­cil, Les Deveses is out of sight and out of mind, say home­own­ers – and as many of the prop­er­ties are hol­i­day vil­las, their oc­cu­pants can­not vote in lo­cal elec­tions and have no in­flu­ence.

Photo EFE

Les Deveses beach on Wed­nes­day

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