Downpours Disrupt Summer Sunshine
Staff Reporter / 2007-08-20 16:43:54
Dénia has received two downpours in the last week; on Friday 60 litres of water fell in just two hours. Streets were flooded, traffic halted and even the roof of the municipal market could not stop the water leaking in as vendors had to close their stalls mid-morning. All the access roads into the town were brought to a standstill and the beaches were quickly deserted.
Stall holders tried to collect the water in buckets but were angered as many electrical items were damaged. The president of the Market Stall Holders Association, José Luís Pérez, criticised councillor for the Interior, Pep Marí, for having promised that work to repair the roof would be continuous until completed. Plastic sheeting currently in place collected the water in large puddles and it was feared these may burst. Despite the assurance the workers are currently on two weeks holiday, "and now we are suffering the consequences," said Pérez.
The coast was more heavily affected by the rain, with Jávea also receiving 45 litres per square metre; further south in Benidorm and Torrevieja however, there was only a brief shower. On the previous Sunday (12th August) a freak hailstorm had disturbed the north of Alicante province, accompanied by up to 30litres per square metre of rain while near Polop and Callosa bots of lightning had caused fires on the ground.