June, 2006. Summer. And then a storm came, followed by a flood. We didn’t live here then, so we are thankful to our predecessors who had to deal with mud in the house and the pool. Their remedial actions meant we have never faced a flood like it, and their cautionary story taught us to never forgo drainage maintenance. Summer, and winter, storms in Spain can be fierce!
The morning after the rain, this was the scene. At the house, looking from our car park down towards the Almond Track [below].Up the track, away from the house, the floodwater cut the earth away from underneath a concrete section of track [below]. The water ran from here, downhill, around another bend… … and down our driveway, slashing its way through the downhill olives [below]. Water takes the shortest route, short cuts you don’t necessarily want it to take. Now, our deep drainage ditches are regularly tended, cleared of debris and re-cut. This is how the track looks now [below]. 5 to remember
agradecido/a – thankful
los predecesores – predecessors
los actos de saneamiento – remedial action
las advertencias – cautionary story
feroz – fierce