JAVEA town hall worked round-the-clock to return the seafront to normal following Storm Gloria. As work progressed, the central government’s science minister, ex-astronaut Pedro Duque, accompanied by government delegate Araceli Poblador, visited the town to inspect the damage first-hand. Duque’s wife, a diplomat, is Javea born and the couple own a house in the town. Diggers, bulldozers and lorries cleared fallen masonry, smashed paving stones, debris, seaweed and driftwood from the Arenal and La Grava promenades.
Despite the early start elsewhere, work could not begin at Avenida Marina Española until sea conditions there were calmer, municipal sources explained. Literally tons of stones and pebbles had to be removed from Avenida Mediterraneo although these will eventually replenish the severely eroded Montañar swimming zones. Javea’s mayor Jose Chulvi personally supervised the clean-up operations while talking to residents and business owners whose properties have been damaged and, in some cases, destroyed by the storm. The mayor thanked the public for their understanding and collaboration during the clean-up operation but also asked them to respect cordoned-off zones and the areas where heavy vehicles were at work.
“The huge number of people wanting a closer look at the storm-damage and taking photos are making it difficult for the lorries and excavators to manoeuvre,” Chulvi said.