AS September arrives every year, it’s the time when weather forecasters start to talk about the famous ‘Gota Fria’, the prolonged and heavy rain and hail storms that often hit the area at the end of summer.
However, and according to reports, only five of the 36 municipalities in the Alicante Province regarded as vulnerable are fully prepared for such conditions and have a Municipal Action Plan (PAM) in readiness. This is despite a protocol that all areas that could be affected by the adverse weather should have a workable plan.
In the Alicante Province, only one municipality at risk of suffering from temporary flooding has approved its PAM in the last two years. And back in August 2016, four others complied taking the total to five – Ondara, Orihuela, Villajoyosa, Alfaz del Pi and Verger.
“Those municipalities with medium and high risk of flooding must prepare their PAM,” insisted a spokesperson for the Emergency Coordination Centre, that has just begun its annual flood prevention campaign. It reminds those councils – 31 in total – that time is running out for those that don’t have an approved PAM.
In the Valencian Community, only 25 out of 136 local councils have a PAM, which equates to 82 per cent not having any whatsoever.