Day: June 4, 2018

Burst river transfer pipe floods Orihuela countryside

Water cut off two roads and inundated farms nearby A broken motor by the River Segura, owned by the Segura Hydrographic Confederation (CHS), caused the loss of thousands of litres of water in Orihuela on Sunday. Fields were flooded, roads cut off and residents had to leave their homes due to the breakdown. The affected engine house is located on the CV-925 road by the river transfer pipes and seems to have been caused by a piece above one of the valves falling off, which broke and water started to come out in torrents. In Arneva one of the pipes could not take the pressure and blew open, spewing out a huge amount of water that was supposed to be for irrigating farms. It happened at 15.45 and Local Police and Guardia Civil from Jacarilla has to close this road between Desamparados and Arneva as it was completely flooded and impossible to pass. Fire fighters from Orihuela at first tried to plug the leak but it was impossible due to the amount of water and the pressure it was coming out at. the CHS gave the order to shut off the supply “to avoid big losses of water” but given the scene they did not manage this. The fire brigade evacuated four people from three houses in Arneva for risk of flooding. three left on foot and one had...

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Helicopter rescues fallen cyclist from La Pedrera

Man was trapped in remote area of path around reservoir Officers of the Guardia Civil from San Miguel de Salinas rescued a cyclist on Sunday who had suffered a fall on a path that goes around La Pedrera reservoir, near the village of Torremendo in Orihuela. It happened at 8:30am and the officers had to cover several kilometres on foot to reach the approximate location of the cyclist, informed the Giardia Civil in a press release. The place was very isolated and impossible to access with vehicles, so it was decided to call in the Valencian government helicopter, which...

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Shock as Torrevieja hotel porch collapses

No injuries were reported but 10 rooms were evacuated as a precaution Residents of Torrevieja town centre got quite a shock on Saturday night as the porch roof of the Hotel Fontana collapsed for unknown reasons, fortunately without causing any injuries. The incident happened at about 9pm on Calle Rambla Juan Mateo, where despite being a busy street no-one was passing by at the time. There was a loud crashing noise and soon residents and curious onlookers had gathered to lend a hand or take photos of the damaged hotel façade. Fire fighters from the Torrevieja station established a...

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Man caught with car boot full of marijuana

Orihuela police noticed a strong smell when they stopped the vehicle at a checkpoint Last Wednesday, while manning a vehicle checkpoint, Orihuela Local Police stopped a vehicle when they noticed the driver react strangely to their presence. As they went closer to identify him, the officers noticed a strong smell of marijuana from inside the vehicle, so decided to examine it and the driver more closely. The officers were extremely surprised when they found two large boxes in the boot which the driver admitted contained marijuana. The arrested the 36 year old man, who is a resident of Alicante,...

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