COMPARED with the Marina Alta, Altea was spared the worst of Storm Gloria. But this was still the worst weather experienced in many years, public safety councillor Diego Zaragozi declared, leaving considerable damage to be repaired, fallen trees removed and promenades to be cleared of debris.
“The sea was especially virulent,” he added. Eight-metre waves with winds averaging 83.5 kilometres an hour and gusts of 132 kilometres left the seafront and beaches in a condition that locals had never witnessed, Zaragozi said. Municipal employees worked double shifts to return the town to normal, clearing the Paseo Maritimo promenade and roads so that residents and vehicles were able to leave their homes, the councillor added. With the help of the fire brigade, Proteccion Civil, the Policia Local and power company Iberdrola, the town hall had been able to solve the most pressing problems once the storm had died down, the councillor explained.