Marbella to begin clean-up of its rivers in anticipation of heavy rainfall

Muñoz (c) visited the Benabolá stream recently.
Muñoz (c) visited the Benabolá stream recently. / Josele
  • The town hall's 2020 budget will allocate 150,000 euros to efforts to clear more than 20 dry river and stream beds

The Marbella town council, alongside water company Hidralia, will carry out cleaning of 12 of the area's rivers and streams before the end of the year in anticipation of possible heavy rainfall which could cause flooding in nearby areas.

According to Mayor Ángeles Muñoz, the council's 2020 budget will include a fund of 150,000 euros to ensure that all of the dry river beds in the area are kept in good condition throughout the year.

Hidralia is already cleaning the bed of the Benabolá stream in Nueva Andalucía, and will shortly begin work on Las Piedras and El Realejo.

Muñoz stated that funds will remain available in the years to come for the continual cleaning of rivers and riverbeds. She also stressed the importance of preserving local flora and fauna.

Since a 2017 Supreme Court ruling, responsibility for cleaning rivers and streams which pass through urban areas lies with municipal authorities. Muñoz claimed current problems are a legacy of neglect by the previous regional government