There have been cries of desperation from towns along the coast for the Junta clear them before a downpour produces flooding, owing to the fact that these vital, natural drainage systems are choked with cane and other vegetation.
In fact, in the case of Almuñécar, when the Town Hall decided to wait no longer and start the job themselves, the Junta rebuked them and ordered them to stop – and that was several weeks ago.
Particularly worrying are the Rambla de las Brujas in Motril, for example, which could be used as a location for an old World-War-2 scene from the jungle.
The Junta justifies their tardiness by the fact that there have been many more requests from coastal towns than normal – three times the normal figure: “Normally we have a budget for 300,000 euros for this task, whereas this year it’s closer to a million euros,” explained an official from the Environment Department of the Junta.
We’ve had one day of light autumn rains but this week from today onward is forecast for rain, so we can only pray that the Junta completes the task – assuming that it begins it – before there is a calamity.
(News: Costa Tropical, Granada, Andalucia)