The Mancomunidad has charged an independent entity with the task of drawing up a study on Salobreña’s seasonal flooding problems. The idea is to find a definitive solution.
We’re talking about the Plaza de Goya, where the Tourist Information Office is; the main entrance into the town and one of the busiest roundabout junctions.
The problem is that the irrigation ditches for the campo all end up at this point, so when it rains, everything is channelled into this waterlogged nightmare.
It should be pointed out that there is a very good reason that the old town is on the rock, other than for defensive purposes in days gone by, and that is because it is surrounded by vega where thirsty sugar cane used to grow. The crop has long since disappeared, along with many of the old drainage ditches so the ground is poorly drained at the best of times, being as it is, just a few metres above sea level.
So, everybody knows what the problem is, but what the study will be designed to produce is a lasting solution… and how much it will cost. It is hoped that the study should be finished within the first fortnight of November.
The Mayor thinks that the solution might cost around 2m euros but that is on top of the 3m that the Mancomunidad is already spending on renovating the mains water, sewage and rain-drainage systems around town.
The Chairman of the Mancomunidad explained that the delays in this area are due to the bedrock in the old town but hopes that it should all be concluded by Semana Santa.
(News: Salobrena, Costa Tropical, Granada, Andalucia)