Demolition works on collapsed Los Cristianos building finish as evacuated residents return home

Photo: Javier Feo.

Updated 28 June: Arona Ayuntamiento has told the 33 evacuated families that they can return to their homes from 3pm today. Demolition works will also finish today, and the two streets closed to traffic will open again to traffic and pedestrians. The council says that its technical evaluations show that the adjoining properties are completely safe. For the time being, a perimeter fence will remain in place around the excavated plot prior to a wall being constructed. The final reports on the collapse are expected to take a few weeks more.

Original post 14 June: Arona Ayuntamiento has announced that demolition works on the ruins of the building which collapsed in Los Cristianos on 14 April killing seven people (link) will start next Monday, 20 June, and are expected to last a fortnight. The council held meetings yesterday with residents and owners of the twenty four dwellings and nine commercial units in the four adjoining buildings of the processes involved, and advised them that the works will require their temporary evacuation for safety reasons, and because their accesses would in any case be blocked for the duration.

The demolition has been postponed until now because of the ongoing investigation into the cause of the collapse, which has involved a series of legal procedures as well as technical studies of the ruined site. The final reports are expected in a couple of months.

During the works, the council says that C/. Amalia Alayón will remain closed to pedestrians as well as traffic, and the bottom section of the lower C/. Valle Menéndez will be closed, with the upper section will be made two ways for locals and suppliers.



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