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AFTER THE STORM: THE CLEAN-UP BEGINS AND IT'S GOING TO TAKE TIME

javeamigos.com | AFTER THE STORM: THE CLEAN-UP BEGINS AND IT'S GOING TO TAKE TIME

Storm Gloria has been and gone and she has left her mark. The most savage maritime storm in living memory, it violently smashed into the coastline of Xàbia on the morning of Monday 20th January and caused extensive damage to businesses, property and infrastructure. The day after, the council has begun assessing the destruction as well as coordinating the work necessary for restore the coastline to whatever normality it can. The town has also been visited by representations from both regional and national governments to determine what support can be made to restore the town to its former glory.

Wind gusts exceeded 100 km/h in places; the weather station on La Plana recorded a gust of 135,1 km/h whilst that in the historic centre, where the clock in the northern face of the church tower crashed to the ground, damaging a car, recorded a gust of 96,6 km/h. The port and the Arenal weather stations recorded 83,7 km/h and 85,3 km/h maximum gusts but were also battered by waves which were estimated to have reach over eight metres. The great sand wall on the Arenal beach tried its best to contain the violence but eventually succumbed to the constant battering and several venues and infrastructure along the promenade suffered extensive damage.

Since Monday afternoon, heavy machinery has been removing stones and other debris from the coastal road of Avenida Mediterráneo which runs between the port and the Arenal, a stretch that has been most affected by the storm and which remains closed to traffic for safety reasons. During this morning, six diggers have been working on the section between the mouth of the Gorgos river and the junction with Calle Vicenza which has been the most affected one.

On Monday night, the council was able to re-open Avenida Jaume I, opening access to Duanes neighbourhood, and during today (Tuesday) the cleaning of the Plaza Adolfo Suárez is being carried out. With regards to the promenades, the intensity of the storm (waves continues to batter these areas) has meant that clearing will not be carried out until it's safe and effective to do so.

Mayor José Chulvi has suspended his schedule and his trip to the FITUR international trade fair in Madrid to supervise the recovery work and has gathered all municipal departments together to make an initial assessment of the damage and prioritise the action required; the first will to guarantee safety and cleanliness. Afterwards the council will be looking to repair the serious damage suffered by the promenades in the Arenal, the port and at the Caleta as well as the rest of the public highway along the coast. It will also be necessary to make repairs at the popular coves of La Barraca and La Granadella but the continuing intensity of the stormy seas means that damage assessment has not yet been made.

The council aims to have everything back to normal by Easter. However the list of damage is huge: urban furniture; signs; pavements; street lighting; rubbish collection points; ornamental plants; and major damage to public buildings such as the Casa del Cable (where the sea burst through its windows), the port library building, the sports centre, the Arenal tourist information point, the bus station, the municipal building at Portal del Clot and the EPA building. With regards to damage suffered by individuals, the council is preparing a decree which will slimline the procedures related to licensing for repair work and also waive any corresponding fees.

The council would like thank all the people who have offered to participate in voluntary cleaning patrols; as soon as safety can be guaranteed, the Department of Services will be organising a specific day for this community action. The mayor has warned that Xàbia has many months of recovery work to carry out and has asked residents for collaboration, understanding and patience.

Xàbia has received the support of the Valencian regional government - the Interior Minister has already visited the area and advised that funding will be made available to assist with the recovery - whilst Central Government was represented today (Tuesday) by Araceli Poblador, Subdelegate of the Government in Alicante, José Roberto González, Subdelegate of the Government in the Comunidad Valenciana, and Rosa de los Ríos, head of the Provincial Coastal Service, and all have guaranteed their collaboration in what is necessary to recover from this serious storm.

Source: Ajuntament de Xàbia
Date: Tuesday 21st January 2020


El Ayuntamiento de Xàbia trabaja ya para recuperar las zonas afectadas por el temporal marítimo

El Ayuntamiento de Xàbia está coordinando los trabajos necesarios para restablecer la normalidad en toda la franja costera, que sufrió ayer uno de los peores temporales que se recuerdan. Desde ayer a mediodía ya hay maquinaria pesada retirando piedras y escombros de la avenida del Mediterráneo, una de las vías de circulación más afectadas por el temporal y que sigue cerrada al tráfico por motivos de seguridad. Esta mañana seis palas trabajaban entre la desembocadura del río Gorgos y la confluencia con la calle Vicenza, el tramo más afectado.

Anoche sí se pudo reabrir Jaume I, dando así acceso al barrio de Duanes, y hoy se está completando la limpieza de la plaza Adolfo Suárez. En cuanto a los paseos litorales, la intensidad del temporal (todavía esta mañana el oleaje sobrepasaba a las zonas peatonales) desaconsejaba intervenir.

El alcalde, José Chulvi, que ha anulado su agenda y su viaje a Fitur para supervisar todo lo relacionado con la emergencia y recuperación de la seguridad, ha reunido a todos los departamentos implicados para hacer un primer balance de los daños y priorizar las acciones a llevar a cabo. Los primeros trabajos estarán centrados en garantizar la seguridad y en la limpieza. Después habrá que comenzar todos los trámites para reparar los graves daños en paseos como el del Arenal, La Grava-Marina Española y Caleta, así como el resto del viario público. También se precisará intervenir en la Barraca y Granadella, donde la intensidad del temporal todavía no ha permitido evaluar daños.

El ejecutivo se marca como objetivo tener lo más importante a punto para la Semana Santa. Y eso que la lista de desperfectos es ingente: mobiliario urbano, señalización, pavimento, red de alumbrado, baterías de contenedores, plantas ornamentales… y daños importantes en edificios públicos como la Casa del Cable –donde el mar reventó las vidrieras- la Biblioteca de Duanes, el Palau d’Esports, el punto de información turística del Arenal, la estación de autobuses, el edificio del Portal del Clot o el de la EPA. En cuanto a los daños sufridos por particulares, el Ayuntamiento prepara un decreto en el que les facilitará las gestiones relacionadas con la licencia de obra para la reparación y se les eximirá de las tasas correspondientes.

Por otro lado, desde el Ayuntamiento se quiere agradecer a las personas que se han brindado a participar en patrullas voluntarias de limpieza. En cuanto haya garantías de seguridad, desde Servicios coordinarán alguna jornada específica. El alcalde ha avanzado que en Xàbia tiene por delante meses de trabajo para recuperarse de este temporal histórico y ha solicitado a la población colaboración, comprensión y paciencia.

Chulvi ha recordado que ayer recibió el apoyo del gobierno valenciano –la consellera de Gobernación visitó la zona del temporal y avanzó que prepararán un decreto de ayudas- y hoy también del Gobierno de España, representado por la Subdelegada del Gobierno en Alicante, Araceli Poblador, el Subdelegado en la Comunidad Valenciana, José Roberto González, y la Jefa del Servicio Provincial de Costas, Rosa de los Ríos, quienes también han garantizado su colaboración en lo necesario para superar este grave temporal.


 

 

 

 


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