Count­ing the cost of the rain

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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).

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