The management plan “is a tool,” says the body of the Ministry of Ecological Transition, “Essential to minimize the risks of flooding and reduce or avoid the damage that heavy rainfall usually produces in this demarcation.” The CHS has established a web space where the draft plan can be accessed.
The consultation period is three months and the document, “essential” to correct and manage the flood risks in the basin, it can already be consulted on the organism’s website www.chsegura.es. The plan arises from the prior coordination between administrations with competences in the matter, with a «majority commitment to solutions based on nature such as river restoration, green corridors or controlled storage areas and to face the extreme phenomena that this territory usually suffers : with alternation of periods of great droughts followed by episodes of abundant rainfall.
The CHS explains that the DANA In September 2019, it had a greater intensity in Las Vegas Media and Baja del Segura and in the Mar Menor region, highlighting the need to continue making progress in mitigating the main effects of the floods. With this objective, among other measures, studies are already being carried out by the polytechnic universities of Cartagena and València to minimize risks, most of which are green solutions. According to the CHS, these plans are the result of consensus between administrations and are reviewed every six years. Although these final forecasts have had a sometimes very discreet execution percentage, as was the case of the defense plan against avenues, which left pending works such as the channeling of the Rmbla de Abanilla, due to the City Council’s refusal to carry it out. A deficiency that wreaked havoc on the 2019 DANA.
But the CHS assures that this second cycle is much more complete than the first (2016-2021) and is based on more up-to-date and more detailed information. These measures have been debated in different participation tables, distributed by the territories that make up the demarcation, “and in which there has been broad participation.” The actions have been divided into four groups: prevention, protection, preparation and recovery. The most important by budget (528 million) and size is the one destined to protection with specific lines of work in coordination with the Autonomous Communities. According to the CHS, in the Vega Baja they are working on a common strategy for Murcia and the Community, and in parallel, in the Mar Menor area. From these joint works, various studies and execution of actions for laminating avenues were carried out, both in Campo de Cartagena and in Vega Baja and Guadalentín. In parallel, the CHS will dedicate an important effort to the maintenance and integral restoration of the Segura river, as well as the restoration of the mining boulevards and the lamination of avenues in some boulevards of the Vega Baja and the Guadalentín region.
In the prevention aspect (102.26 million), among other actions, more cartography of floodplain areas, both fluvial and coastal, will be drawn up and collaboration with research institutes such as CEDEX, CSIC and IGME will be strengthened, establishing work programs for the study of the influence of climate change on flood risks.
A state-of-the-art radar network for prevention
The prevention field includes one of AEMET’s priorities for this cycle is to have a state-of-the-art radar observation network in order to respond with the maximum possible precision to the needs for predicting extreme meteorological phenomena. This commitment to technology also applies to hydrological information with a budget of 13.15 million euros.
Eddie is an Australian news reporter with over 9 years in the industry and has published on Forbes and tech crunch.