The recent storms on the weekend of 17th – 18th December 2016, were a late gota fria which are usually a phenomena in Spain in September or October.
Here are some videos from around the region, (Almería, Murcia, Alicante) showing some of the effects.
Tragically, an old man washed away and drowned in Alicante.
Rio Almanzora at Arboleas, normally a dry river bed!
Fly tipping is a problem wherever there are people who have waste, and that is pretty much everywhere. So it does need to be discouraged by laws and by practical steps:
On a recent visit to Almería I was disgusted at the state of the “Rambla Rambliza” near El Toyo. The rambla was filled with waste, from building materials, dug up pavements, ASBESTOS roofing (a clear health danger), toys, hundreds of pairs of shoes and everything in between.
In Arboleas, where we have lived, there is now a new “Punto Limpio” which is a proper recycling centre. It does make a small charge for the disposal of some types of waste.
The problems seem to come, when people are charged, however small the cost, they will take any opportunity to fly-tip, or dispose of inappropriate waste in the dumpsters meant for domestic waste at the sides of the road.
Perhaps there would be much less of this kind of behaviour if the recycling centre stopped up front charges and added a few Euros to the local IBI bill. That way, people would still think the service is “free” – even if they are actually paying through their local town hall taxes.
It would also remove the administrative burden of collecting cash at the Punto Limpio.