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Happy New Year (in advance!)

In Albufeira,Algarve,Portugal on December 31, 2015 by cubsur51 Tagged:

I won’t be here much over the next few days, so I shall wish everyone a Happy New Year now.

Albufeira has pretty much recovered from the flood. Arrangements are in place for the outdoor music and fireworks event down in the old town. The weather is a little cloudy and showery, but still very warm for the time of year.

I have just heard on the news that France has produced 312,000,000 bottles of champagne this year. Pity I don’t like it.

But I am sure many of you will enjoy as glass or two later.

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Albufeira beach Christmas Eve 2015

In Albufeira,Algarve,Portugal on December 27, 2015 by cubsur51 Tagged: , ,

Some pictures taken on the morning of Christmas Eve, 24th December. Temperature was about 16.5C.

More…

http://1drv.ms/1OcRCqS

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Albufeira after the flood- final part

In Albufeira,Algarve,Portugal on December 24, 2015 by cubsur51 Tagged: ,

The top end of Avenida da Liberdade is now resurfaced although there are no road markings as yet. Traffic is passing as it was before the flood.

road

Open as usual also is the surface car park plus the coach drop-off, bus stops and taxi area. No-one has told the GIRO bus drivers though. They are still missing that stop.

Everything on the streets is looking good, everything finished, so this will be the last flood report.

Along the Avenida 25 de Abril one or two more places (Urban Pizza, Piccadilly Bar) are open. Some restaurants and shops have not re-opened but for most it is now business as usual.
Picture album from this morning is at http://1drv.ms/1m7Iw4n

 

 

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Albufeira after the flood – part 3

In Albufeira,Algarve on December 21, 2015 by cubsur51 Tagged: ,

Update 23rd December

The road repair is almost done. Half of it has now been tarmaced, the other half will I am certain be done today. A few lines to be painted and it’s finished.

The bus and taxi area has been cleared of materiel and equipment. Taxis were waiting there last night. Buses won’t be able to get there until the road is open, but any day now.

In the town centre, more and more places are opening up every day. Restoration work continues on the big tourist restaurants around the square and along Avenida 25 de Abril towards the beach. Their goal is to be open for the New Year’s Eve crowds.

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We are almost back to normal. Some more restaurants and bars are open again. The escalators are almost back to 100% operation – one was not working on Saturday night. The road repair is almost finished.

I will have a good look around on my way to the shops tomorrow (Tuesday 22nd) and will update afterwards.

I am hoping that particular item will be the last with the word ‘flood’ in it!

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Albufeira after the flood – continued part 2

In Albufeira,Algarve,Portugal on December 15, 2015 by cubsur51 Tagged: , , ,

Quick update 16th December – the escalators are now working once more.

I had a good look around town on Tuesday afternoon 15th December. It was more instructive to be there on a working day, rather than a Sunday. There is a lot of work now taking place in the flood damaged area.

Here the pictures I took – http://1drv.ms/1J9HR76

First and foremost the washed out road will soon be ready to have the surface laid down. All manner of machinery and a large number of men are working. Even some of the landscaping is being restored. I cannot properly estimate when it might be finished, but possibly only a few more days.

That would allow buses and taxis to once again use the small bus station area in Avenida da Liberdade,.

The road outside the Casa da Fonte restaurant, which was badly damaged, is now relaid. Inside Casa da Fonte, a concrete mixer was busy with various men working. They are supposed to be open again on 26th December.

Elsewhere in town, noises of drilling, hammering and sawing were all around. Several of the large bars and restaurants are being worked on. The Sipel supermarket near the Hotel Baltum is being re-fitted, as is the Fumos e Mitos bottle shop / off licence a few doors along. I saw a door open at the other supermarket, called Central supermarket, but couldn’t see what was going on inside. The Hotel Baltum itself was being worked on but they have  already said that they will not open again until March 2016.

Various other places were washing furniture and cleaning up generally. There was outside and inside work at the big places around the square like Bravo and Buddy’s, but not at Bank restaurant or the one opposite so far as I could tell. Those on the other, slightly higher, side are open and have been for a couple of weeks. The square itself was a busy place with vehicles and men coming and going all over the place.

Along bar street some places are dark and looking as of they won’t open for a good while, if ever.

A small team was working on the damaged escalators. The control equipment and the chain pit at the bottom end was full of mud. A rather sad looking chap was cleaning it up.

The upper end of Avenida da Libedade, between the square and the bus stops and taxi area, is fully open for business except for just one or two places eg Shalom restaurant. You can buy all the tourist tat you wish !

It is now only about two weeks before they start to out up stages and stuff for New Year. I was told that various people had been down to the area with measuring equipment. Not tape measures these days, but laser rangefinders!

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A very sunny day here in Albufeira!!

In Albufeira,Algarve on December 15, 2015 by cubsur51 Tagged: , ,

Albufeira’s main beach Tuesday afternoon 15th December. The temperature was 19.3C, but it was quite windy. A few people were enjoying a nice walk.

beach

beach

Around town, a lot of work is taking place in the flood damaged area. Drilling, hammering and sawing all around. Work has started on repairing the damaged escalators up the cliff.

I will expand on that when I have reviewed the pictures I took.

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Albufeira after the flood – continued

In Albufeira,Algarve,Portugal on December 7, 2015 by cubsur51 Tagged: , , ,

December 14th

The road is now starting to look like a road again. The sub base is down and being rolled. The lines for the pavements have been set out. The tarmac laying machine has arrived. Pictures taken Sunday afternoon 13th December.

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Sadly, down in town, it does look more and more, to me anyway, that a lot of the flood damaged premises along Avenida 25 de Abril are not going to be open again any time soon. I will have a closer look later in the week.

Along ‘bar street’ a couple of places are being seriously worked on, but the only place actually open is the Marmota bar.

December 13th

The only large project now under way is the rebuilding of the road into town. This is proceeding. This picture was taken on Friday 11th.

The road outside the Casa da Fonte restaurant was dug out to install a new drain.

The escalators are still not working. Various shops, bars and restaurants along Avenida 25 de Abril are still closed. The two supermarkets show no sign of re-opening, as does the Fumos e Mitos wine shop which also housed the small post office counter. Work has begun on gutting shops on the Edificio Albufeira down near the pier.

We do now have some Christmas lights around the town and this electric ‘Christmas tree’ near the pier.

December 6th

The road is slowly starting to take shape. Men were even working on a Sunday!

In town, the surface drainage channels are being enlarged. I have added some more pictures – see below. The escalators are still not working. The supermarkets and eateries along Avenida 25 de Abril are all still closed, which includes the mini-post office. Also permanently closed is Drogaria Vítor. Apparently the building has been condemned. They have relocated to just around the corner from the Finanças office at the top of Rua do MFA.

Also now re-opened is the Pingo Doce supermarket opposite the Health Centre, that’s the one convenient for Eden resort and the Caliços area of the town.

As the weekend’s pictures from the north of England and Scotland have shown, these deadly storms and flash floods are becoming more and more common. Defence is often futile.

The rest of the pictures, which include some more general shots of town and beach – click to go to the album.

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