Following the storms in the early hours of Monday 19 th November, the
beaches in Torrevieja have been left in a sorry state. Much of the sand has
been swept into the sea by flood water and the town council has the job of
replacing it. Altogether it is estimated that 600 tons of sand is needed to make
the beaches good again and the town hall has asked for help from the
Valencian government.
The beaches that have been most affected are El Cura and Los Locos
followed by Los Náufragos and La Mata. It has been recorded that 105 litres
of water fell per square metre that day – the highest November rainfall since
records were started in 1927. The damage is particularly evident along the
front line of the beaches where the sand has disappeared.
It is not only the sand but also beach furniture such as footbridges and access
for disabled people that has been destroyed. ‘We have been working since
Monday,’ said the councillor for beaches, Javier Manzanares, ‘To repair and
put right all the damage that’s been done.’
Although machinery has already been out to remove damaged paths and
walkways, replacing the sand must be left for a few days. This is because the
natural action of the tide will return some of the sand washed away to the
shore.
Fortunately the town council does have a reserve sand supply of around
10,000 cubic metres which had been removed from the ravine in Torreblanco.
The sand was removed by a construction company to make way for housing
and was causing controversy in its new site next to the N332. Now, this sand
could come in very handy.