Residents of the La Florida urbanism in Teruel are concerned about the condition of their homes, a problem that in 2020 was found at least in single-family homes, but after water entered their garages, the situation worsened has gone. The fault has been removed but the root of the problem is yet to be ascertained, due to which the houses have moved and there is fear among the owners of these buildings, despite being told that they should not fear for safety.
Sarah Juste, president of the community of neighbors, explained that the problem affects seven houses, which are between even numbers from 30 to 42 Calle La Florida, although the degree of deterioration is different than the others because the houses—which are single- The families are- were built in blocks of four and the cracks that are opening are more noticeable in those with main walls.
On December 29, the mayor herself, Emma Budge, and the councilor for infrastructure, Juan Carlos Cruzado, went to Urbanism with those responsible for Aguas de Teruel and talked with the residents and since then “yes, things are being done , But it just said yesterday, “the issue is not a priority, the solution must be immediate.”
That day water flowed through the holes through which the concrete walls of the four garages breathed. This was the second breakdown in three days and they did not know where the water came from. The City Council and Aguas de Teruel decided to cancel the pipeline on La Florida Street because it could be served by another pipeline located on Cuballa Road.
The water has stopped flowing now but the houses of some single families have not been displaced. In the house of Encarna Catalán, one of the neighbors affected, the wall delimiting the terrace has separated by one centimeter in ten days this month of January, and already has a crack of 12 centimeters. The facade is separate from this wall, which must be supported by it.
These movements come from afar, although they have increased in the last month. “Already in 2020 I informed the city council that something was wrong,” she remarked, and although this owner then fixed the roof, she does not want to do it again, without knowing the reasons why. Because these movements are happening.
On the façade of Sarah’s house, the skirting board tiles have become loose and there is a persistent wet stain on the floor, which does not disappear despite the fact that the sun shines on it in the morning. “The road is also crumbling and there are cracks in the pavement,” he said. The young woman bought the house five years ago and then “had no problems, otherwise she wouldn’t have bought it,” she said.
Just indicated that although at the meeting he agreed with the municipal officials at the end of last year that they would join hands to solve the problem “they don’t give us information and they send us an urban control file So that we can solve the problems that arise.” aspects are explored”.
On 12 January, an inspection tour was conducted by municipal technicians, who verified structural damage. The representative of the community of neighbors expressed regret that no one has contacted them to inspect the houses and that last week they received a report in which “they tell us that as a matter of urgency within a maximum period of one month the foundations and Structural project damage repair”. But, he recalled, it is still not known for certain where the water affecting the homes came from, which according to the analysis was chlorinated, nor why they run.
Just explained that regardless of the investigation being conducted by Aguas de Teruel and the city council, they have also requested reports from an architect and an engineer. Piling is being done to strengthen the concrete wall on which the house rests, and they plan to clear the street. Even though the problems with the water pipes have been resolved, they fear that there is “something else” that is causing the displacement of households, which is why they call for “transparency” and that action be taken quickly. Is performed.
The Councilor of Infrastructure recalled yesterday, for his part, that in addition to plugging the pipe on Calle La Florida, which comes from the public network and which has been broken in several places since the end of December, Aguas de Teruel also urbanized Meter the pipes inside, which are private, to see if there are any leaks. “We want to investigate whether the pipe break on La Florida Street was the cause of the dampness or the result of other damage,” he commented.
Investigations have also been carried out, which showed that there was water at a depth of 8 m, which matched the water table, so it was not thought that this could be the reason for the moisture emerging on the surface. Similarly, they are looking at a nearby ditch and they are met by the irrigation community. “When we have the final report, we will share it with the neighbors,” he said.
Cruzado acknowledged that in addition to what is being done at the municipal level, owners also need to investigate what is happening, as it is being done. Regarding the urban control report, he indicated that it is a normal process. “Since the building has been displaced, they have been told what to do, but we understand the situation,” he said and insisted that the foundation be leveled as the report says.