Elche (Alicante) has been preparing for torrential autumn downpours since August

Elche (Alicante) has been preparing for torrential autumn downpours since August

FLOOD PREVENTION: Checking that Elche’s 10,781 drain covers are not blocked Photo credit: Elche city hall

WITH storms inevitable at some point this autumn, Elche city hall is doing everything to prevent flooding.

Hector Diez, councillor responsible for Public Spaces, Street Cleaning and Water Management, explained that his department has been working since the end of August to clear the Vinalopo riverbed and the streams that cross the city.

“City hall renews the necessary permits with the CHS each year to prevent  blockages and potential flooding,” the councillor added.

This work has continued in September as municipal employees have cleared vegetation and rubbish from crossroads where excess rainwater has accumulated in the past, Diez said.

Elche’s street cleaning concessionary has also been checking gutters and storm drains on the city’s principal streets, paying particular attention to the city’s southern section where rainwater tends to accumulate.

Meanwhile water company Aigues d’Elx is focusing on checking the city’s 10,781 storm-drain covers which are cleaned every six months, prioritising areas vulnerable to flooding.

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Linda Hall

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