Counting the cost of the rain
By Dave Jones THE AREA is still counting the cost of last week’s torrential rain.
Damage from the storms to irrigation infrastructure has been calculated at €3.7 million by the Segura river and water authority (CHS).
A spokesman for the CHS said this week that the preliminary assessment covered works to clean water channels, mend walls and widen flood ravines.
Most of the damage occurred to infrastructure linked to the channel which brings water from the Tajo River to the Segura basin, as well as at La Pedrera reservoir in Orihuela. It was caused by overflowing ravines which poured flood water at the channel, which will have to be emptied while repair work takes place.
The spokesman said this will last around two months.
The area around the dam at La Pedrera was flooded with water which reached a depth of 1.5 metres. Cleaning and repair work will have to be carried out to restore the infrastructure to optimum condition. Damaged beaches In Torrevieja councillor for beaches Javier Manzanares reminded that large sections of the beaches had been washed away.
He said the council had asked permission from the national coast department to spread 600 tonnes of replacement sand on the beaches from the municipal deposit.
The councillor noted that the council is working ‘intensively’ to repair the damage that has been done.
Green party (Los Verdes) spokesman Julián Carcaño Pareja noted that the effects of climate change have been accentuated by the effects of ‘savage’ overbuilding which has taken place along the coast.
He lamented that the previous council in Torrevieja had allowed construction companies to build homes which have blocked off the points where flood water flows naturally to the sea. At the same time they were not forced to install the necessary infrastructure to prevent flooding, as is the case in the Torretas.
In Orihuela Costa, opposition parties criticised that the ruling coalition appeared not to have noticed the flooding which left its mark on beaches such as La Zenia (pictured).