By Lisa Burgess • 24 January 2020 • 16:25
WRECKED: La Fossa beach after Storm Gloria. Photo credit: Calpe town hall
According to initial estimates, Storm Gloria caused €1.34 million to the La Foss beach alone.
Calpe’s Governing Board, meeting once the storm had abated, asked the regional government and the national government in Madrid to add the municipality to those listed as disaster areas. Calpe also asked both administrations to make funds available for repairs at the La Fossa beach. Municipal technicians are assessing the damage to the remainder of the town’s coastline and hope by next week to have arrived at a definite amount, explained local mayor, Ana Sala.
The La Fossa promenade was badly affected with paving stones that were cracked or wrenched loose by pounding waves. Other sections of the promenade collapsed after retaining walls were damaged. Litter bins, foot showers, steps and ramps were wrecked, and the tourist information hut completely destroyed while several palm trees were blown down.
Although affected by the storm, the Arenal beach suffered less than La Fossa and damage was limited to loosened stones and a fallen palm tree, although the sea covered much of the beach at the height of the storm. Inside the town, there were numerous reports of damaged facades, awnings, roof panels, hoardings and traffic signs.
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