El Campello is counting the cost of clearing up after storm Gloria battered the Costa Blanca

TONNES OF SEAGRASS: El Campello is undergoing intensive work in the wake of storm Gloria. CREDIT: Ayuntamiento El Campello

THE cost of cleaning up after storm Gloria in El Campella currently stands at €109,000 with €50,000 needed to clear the beaches and coves.

Intensive work has been carried out at Muchavista Beach and Carrer la Mar, together with the promenades along the coastline.

Councillor for Beaches and Services, Julio Oco, explained that collecting discarded marine plants will take a couple of weeks ‘since the collection of cymodocea nodosa is a very laborious process’.

He added: “It involves tonnes of seagrasses that are carefully collected by hooks to be transported to trailers with a storage capacity of only one tonne. This is so that the erosion of our beaches is practically non-existent.

“We are already working on the repair and rehabilitation of our walkways and furniture, although these tasks may take a little longer.”

In addition, it has been reported that damages to the House of Culture due to leakage of the roof amounts to € 30,000; the collapse of the access to the building of the Social Centre “El Barranquet”, €20,000; fallen trees on public roads €6,000 and €3,000 will be needed to fix the elevator at the Municipal Library, which was flooded.

The Department of Infrastructure has begun the procedures to request aid from the different administrations to cover these costs.

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Tara Rippin

Tara Rippin is a reporter for Spain’s largest English-speaking newspaper, Euro Weekly News, and is responsible for the Costa Blanca region.
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