Finestrat gives go ahead to end historic flood problems

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LAST WEEK, Finestrat Town Hall gave the green light to plans which will end the historic flood problems affecting the town.

The provisional plan to channel the Barranco de la Cala to prevent future flooding will have a budget of 1.4 million euros from annual renewal funds and work will be carried out by Hydraqua, the current potable water and sewerage concessionaire.

Spokesman for the local government team, Victor Darío Llinares, put forward the approval of the plans by stating: “Because of the urgent problems created by regular flooding, we are giving immediacy to a historical problem that puts the lives of people at risk every day.”

He explained that, ”The council will solve the problem by its own means thanks to the agreement reached with Hydraqua.”

”The proposal represents a total economic investment plan of € 2.7 million intended to alleviate the effects of flooding, especially in the La Cala area and also in the traditional historical centre”, he continued.

Adding that ”This investment does not mean that we will not request financial help from Central Government and the Generalitat to pay for a work of such magnitude because the waters that flow into that creek do not only come from Finestrat.”

The flash floods in the La Cala de Finestrat beachfront area have caused major damage in recent years and also been responsible for two fatalities in October 2011 and one during the heavy rains of last December.

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