ALL this rain and flooding we’ve suffered over the last two winters has really exposed the frailties of building methods down here in Andalucía.
Not only have roads collapsed, public buildings leaked copiously and the drains not coped, but houses, both old and new, have suffered water ingress and rain damage.
Hardly surprising really when you look at local building practices. Have you ever seen a cavity wall, a damp-proof course or lead flashing? No, me neither.
In normal weather circumstances it doesn’t matter too much: it rains, buildings get wet, the sun shines and the buildings dry out! But when we get sustained wet weather for as long as we have over the last two years, the whole infrastructure gets exposed.
It’s a real shame, not only are travel and transport disrupted, and people’s health and welfare affected, but our pretty whitewashed towns and villages end up looking decidedly mouldy and uncared-for.