The municipality of Albox commemorates the 50th anniversary of the ’73 floods.

The Town Hall and ‘Somos Albojenses’ have programmed a photographic exhibition with unpublished images, video projections and talks.

Half a century has passed since that episode that the people of Albox of a certain age will never forget. On 19 October 1973 a DANA hit the whole of south-eastern Spain and in the municipality of Albox it had been raining for days. The residents of the municipality saw how, after several days of rain, the wadi burst over the walls and burst with great force through the surrounding arteries, taking with it everything it could find. Albox was cut off from communication, numerous businesses and houses were lost, many neighbours lost absolutely everything.

Fortunately there were no personal injuries, as was the case in neighbouring towns such as Zurgena, where up to six people were swept away by the floods.

Albox was in those days the town with the highest income in Almeria, it was the commercial engine of the Almanzora region, but the storm of 19 October 1973 and the subsequent flooding, was a hard blow for its bewildered neighbours.

This event marked a before and after for the town, which knew how to get up as it had done on other occasions, but this time it had left an indelible mark in the memory of those who lived through those tragic moments.

On the occasion of this anniversary, the Town Hall of Albox in collaboration with the Association Somos Albojenses, has organised a series of activities to commemorate this date. On Thursday 19 October, at 12 noon, a Manifesto will be read at the Town Hall. At that very moment at midday, fifty years ago, the waters began to rise in the Plaza Mayor and the flooding began.

In the afternoon the inauguration of the Photographic Exhibition “Inundaciones de Albox de 1973. Fiftieth Anniversary”. A collection of forty-five unpublished images of the photographer Romero taken during the days of the catastrophe, where he portrays the Albox tragedy, as well as some images of the visit to the town, two days later, of the then Prince and Princess of Spain, Juan Carlos and Sofia.

The exhibition will remain on display in the premises at Avenida Pio XII, 16B, until 4 November. On 19 October, at 9 p.m., Fran Maldonado’s digital work with images of the period, “La Riada del 73: El Antes y el Después” (The Flood of 73: Before and After) will be shown.

But the commemorative events do not end here, a day later, on 20 October, there will be several talks that will allow attendees to understand the scope of what happened half a century ago in the municipality. Miguel Ángel Alonso Mellado, coordinator of the magazine El Arriero, will give a talk entitled “19 October 1973. Genesis of a Flood”.

José Luis Maestre and Juan Jesús Maestre, in charge of the Meteorological Observatory of Albox, will deal with “La Dana de 1973” and Francisco Rodríguez Carricondo, also from the magazine El Arriero, will talk about “El Malecón de Defensa de Albox”.

“The 1973 floods marked an era, there were very hard moments that the older people still remember. And on this anniversary we want to bring everything that happened to all generations of the municipality. It will be a very special exhibition, with unpublished images that have been recovered for this anniversary. And we will learn a lot from the lectures, which will even help us to understand the reasons why those rains did so much damage”, explains the Councillor for Culture in the Town Hall of Albox, Juan Domingo Navarro.

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