Visnews filmed Spanish army engineers assembling a bridge at the entrance to the destroyed village of Ribadelago.
Visnews filmed Spanish army engineers assembling a bridge at the entrance to the destroyed village of Ribadelago. It replaces the old bridge swept away when the dam burst Jan 9, killing over 142 of the village's 500 inhabitants. Also filmed: bulldozers levelling the ground near the River Tera while soldiers cleared the debris.
Eighty houses were destroyed when the dam burst without warning over the sleeping village. Only the 15th. century church tower withstood the destruction. The surging water caused a 300-foot break in the three year old dam wall. It is said the dam emptied its 230M cubic feet of water in less than ten minutes.
Ribadelago is to be rebuilt by July 1960. The Government, which control the hydro-electric station of the Vega de Tera dam, have drawn up plans to erect 70 houses, a church and public buildings at a cost of some ???120,000.