Finestrat continue work to channel La Cala's dry riverbed
FINESTRAT is now ready to begin the second stage of the work it is carrying out on La Cala's dry riverbed to avoid massive flooding during the rainy season.
The first phase costing €193,057, which began in October 2017, consisted in placing huge stones in an open channel along the top 500 metres of the riverbed to reduce the force of the water gushing down during heavy rainfall.
Now this stage has been completed, the town hall wants to continue with phase two, for this to happen, favourable reports are required from the regional water authority and the environment ministry's sea and coastal sustainability department.
Once these are obtained, the conditions imposed by these two authorities will be debated a t a council meeting, and if agreement is reached, then stage two will be able to commence.
The regional water authority require that the river bed is kept clean and its channels must be maintained properly so that rubbish is not washed out to sea when it rains affecting adversely the posidonia sea weed meadows.
This means that Finestrat council will be responsible that it is kept clean.
According to Mayor Juan Francisco Pérez, the town hall has been doing exactly this for the past few years anyway.
Once approval has been gained, then Hidraqua water company will begin phase two, which is the transition between the open channel and the entrance to an underground water channel.
This work will be completed before the start of the summer season.
Phase three will commence after the summer and consists of a 200 metre underground water channel beneath Avenida Marina Baixa, to take the floodwater out to the sea.
Council authorities were pleased to see that the completed first phase coped with the 60 lt/m2 of rain that fell in the area, and there was no flooding or damage to property in the area.
Saturday's downpour caused no damage
Cleaning-up after the weekend showers in La Cala