Redován City Council will bring before the Environmental Prosecutor’s Office the alleged illegal diversion from the Rambla de Abanilla to Redován

  • The technicians detect the manufacture of a wall at the fork of the channel that pours the water to the Cabezo area towards Orihuela and Redován
  • The mayor fears more serious floods after torrential rains, as the water is already flowing through the channel that leads to Redován
  • The government team suspects that the works, which have not been agreed upon, could be promoted by the Segura Hydrographic Confederation

The Redován City Council plans to report to the Public Prosecutor for the Environment the alleged detour that is taking place from the Rambla de Abanilla to Redován. This has been decided by the municipal government after the last meeting of the Vega Renhace Plan, where the construction of a wall at the fork of the channel towards Orihuela and Redován at Benferri height was verified, which, in the event of torrential rains, would pour the entire flow of the boulevard towards the area known as El Cabezo in Redován, which arouses great concern because the consequences experienced during the DANA in September could be greatly aggravated, although with that wall they fear damage almost from any precipitation registered.

This situation is of great concern in the City Council, since even now when it has not rained in a torrential way, the water runs through the channel known as Rambla de Redován from the fork in Benferri, as recorded in the images that accompany this note. The mayor, Nely Ruiz, has indicated that “as was recommended to our technicians during the meeting, we are going to ask in writing to the Renhace Plan of the Generalitat Valenciana a series of actions that are necessary and that I want to make clear that in some cases are not about new claims, but have already been made before, to try to improve the channeling of rainwater to Redován to avoid flooding. ”

The councilor has assured that “with a DANA like that of last September still very much alive in the memory of all Redovans, we cannot allow our municipal term to be put at even more risk with actions such as that wall that we have verified with our Our own eyes how it is being built and that it would bring us even more water, and I repeat, we have had to verify it with our own eyes because nobody has communicated anything about it to the City Council ”. In this sense, he added that the Vega Renhace Plan “should treat all municipalities and territories equally, whether they are larger or smaller, and should be an opportunity to improve the rainwater infrastructures of our entire region and not to worsen them, which is as we consider Redován to be right now ”.

Thus, in the letter that has been prepared for the Vega Renhace Plan, an action will be requested to improve the canalization of the Rambla de Abanilla as a result of that wall that rises at the fork “we understand that promoted by the Confederation Hidrográfica del Segura, with the intention of channeling all the waters to Redován, to which it is necessary to provide an immediate solution ”.

Likewise, the need to acquire, by the Ministry of the Environment through the Confederación Hidrográfica del Segura, the private-owned plot into which the water is dumped from the rambla is also stressed. In this sense, the Councilor for Urban Planning, José Nájar, indicates that “this rustic soil that was once a mining operation has a hole capable of collecting around 200,000 cubic meters of water.” That is why it is there where the riverbed of the rambla is poured “for the benefit of all the residents of Redován and Orihuela, without any compensation for the owner, who for his part can not make use of land owned by him,” hence the need to acquire that land.

Thirdly, the execution of a second collector in the municipal area and a raft for the collection of 30,000 cubic meters of water are urged, an action included in a technical study carried out by the Redován City Council for the channeling of rainwater that requires the financing of a higher administration for its execution.

The spokesman for the municipal government and also Councilor for Citizen Security of Redován, Adrián Ballester, has assured that “our legal services are studying all possibilities and we will take whoever we have to take to court with the sole objective of keeping our neighbors safe in situations torrential rains that we know will be repeated in our territory even, as experts say, with increasing frequency ”. Ballester has assured that the law prevents any diversion from a channel, “and for this reason we consider that the Environment Prosecutor’s Office must investigate what is happening with this boulevard.”