Retaining wall will prevent future disasters in Alicante province’s Sierra de Callosa

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Retaining wall will prevent future disasters in Alicante province's Sierra de Callosa
RETAINING WALL: CHS operatives have begun a two-month project in Callosa Photo credit: Callosa town hall

THE Confederación Hidrografica del Segura (CHS) is constructing a barrier in Sierra de Callosa’s Cueva Ahumada district.

This will prevent sediment and debris from being swept downhill during periods of heavy rain, explained Callosa’s mayor,Manuel Martinez Sirvent, and Environment councillor Elena Estañ.

During the disastrous High Level Isolated Depression (DANA) storms of September 2019, silt, rocks and stones were carried downstream by the area’s swollen watercourses and caused serious damage, blocking the road that links Callosa and Redovan.

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Callosa town hall and the CHS later assessed where action was needed to prevent a repetition of the devastation and agreed that the Cueva Ahumada retaining wall was one of these priorities.

The CHS recently began constructing a €250,000 rock-filled dike that has been authorised by the regional government as well as Callosa town hall and is expected to be finished within two months.


Linda came to Spain to live when she was 24, just over 52 years ago, and her husband is Spanish. She began writing for English-language local newspapers in the mid-1970s and hasn’t stopped since! She leads a Spanish life, which she believes is vital when conveying the news to English-speaking residents, and along the way she produced two editions of Expand Your Spanish, helping English-speakers to enlarge their knowledge of the language. She was excited to be in at the birth of the Euro Weekly News in 1999 and is still passionately writing for the paper 22 years later.

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