STORMS MAKE BEACH VANISH
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
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.
Les Deveses beach on Wednesday