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Council and Junta search for a cheap solution to the flood risk on the banks of the Guadalhorce river

  • At present, the Puente de la Azucarera bridge on the MA-21 (old N-340) acts as a dam when the Guadalhorce river swells

Malaga city hall and the Junta regional government are working together to find a low-cost solution to the flood risk faced by the large Guadalhorce industrial estate, close to the city's airport.

At present, the Puente de la Azucarera bridge on the MA-21 (old N-340) acts as a dam when the Guadalhorce river swells. The arch spans are too narrow and don't allow water to pass during heavy rain, putting premises on the nearby industrial estate at risk of flooding.

Construction of a new, larger bridge would be a solution, but city mayor, Francisco de la Torre told a committee of politicians, business leaders, residents and experts on Monday that neither the central government nor the Junta were willing to fully finance the project, estimated at around 60 million euros.

Therefore, he said, other solutions had to be found. Among those put forward by the mayor were; to make the riverbed around the bridge deeper; making the embankment of the nearby Arroyo de las Cañas stream higher; and making alterations to river flow in Cártama.