Fines­trat con­tinue work to chan­nel La Cala's dry riverbed

Costa Blanca News (North Edition) - - NEWS - By Shel­ley Lid­dell

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

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