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Alicante floods: How to make a claim if you were affected

Residents in the Vega Baja area of Alicante who were most affected by floods in the worst storms to hit the region in 140 years can now make a claim for emergency funding.

Alicante floods: How to make a claim if you were affected
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The Comunitat Valenciana has approved a fund of €13.5 million to pay out emergency claims of up to €4,500 to those who suffered damage during the flashflooding which devastated the area earlier this month.

The emergency grants are available to residents who apply before October 14th at their local town hall.

Successful applicants will receive an initial €1,500 which can rise to a maximum of €4,500.

Some 400 applicants have already been issued grants since the aid offices were opened in eight of the worst affected municipalities.

Dedicated offices to make the claims have been set up in eight town halls across the Baja Vega region; In Orihuela, Benferri, Dolores, Pilar de la Horadada, Almoradí, Bigastro, Catral and Callosa de Segura.

To apply, you must have proof that you are resident in the property affected during the storm and subsequent flooding, either with the property deeds or a valid rental contract.

“The Generalitat has spared no resources so that the processing of these grants is done as soon as possible and with maximum ease for those affected,” said Gabriela Bravo, regional minister in charge of the rescue efforts.

She said that initial assessments estimate at least 3,000 households eligible to claim for damage but admitted that may well rise to up to 9,000 properties.

“If need be, we will extend the grants to make sure no-one is left without the aid they need,” said Bravo on a trip to Orihuela.

On Friday, Ximo Puig, the regional president of Valencia announced a €23 million fund to repair, rebuild and compensate damage caused by the storms, which claimed 7 lives and were the worst to hit the region in 140 years.

If you live in the Vega Baja zone and want to make a claim, download the form HERE and take it to the helpdesk at your local town hall.

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Spain urges holidaymakers to head home early due to snow and strong wind warnings

Nine Spanish regions were put on alert on Tuesday for heavy snow, rain and strong winds, with the country's traffic authorities calling for people taking holidays this long weekend to head home early to avoid the worst of the bad weather.

Spain urges holidaymakers to head home early due to snow and strong wind warnings
Vehicles stuck in traffic due to a heavy snowfall near Burgos, northern Spain, in March 2021. Photo: Cesar Manso/AFP

Aragón, Castilla y León, Catalonia, Navarra and the Basque Country will be on orange alert from Tuesday for snow storms, while Asturias, Cantabria, La Rioja and La Comunidad Valenciana are on the less-severe yellow alert, Spain’s State Meteorological Agency (Aemet) announced.

A slight increase in temperatures will increase the risk of avalanches in the Pyrenees and the central Cantabrian mountain range.

Some roads in the north of the country are already being affected by snow and are being restricted to some traffic such as trucks and heavy vehicles.

Spain’s traffic authority (DGT) called on residents in the northern half of the country to return early from the puente (long weekend) marked by the public holidays of December 6 and 8, ahead of heavy snow forecast for Wednesday.

Of the 108 main roads affected by the heavy snow in Spain, almost half of them are in the northeastern region Aragón.

Aragón, Catalonia and Navarra are at risk of avalanches, according to data from Aemet, while a storm warning has been issued for the coastal areas of Galicia, Asturias, Cantabria, Catalonia and the Basque country.

Heavy rainfall is expected in Galicia, extending to Cantabria and the western Pyrenees.

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