THE CITY of Benidorm have asked for a grant of over €800,000 from Central and regional government to help pay for damage caused by the storms and heavy rains which battered the town between January 15 and 23 this year.
The storm and resulting floods severely affected numerous buildings including municipal facilities. In addition public lighting, trees, pumping stations, beaches and the Rincón de Loix health centre suffered extensive damage.
Mayor of Benidorm Toni Pérez, explained that the request for funds was agreed in a committee meeting of local government officers this week and was made to take advantage of a provision set out by Central Government at the end of January offering urgent measures to mitigate the damages caused by storm affected cities of the country during the exceptional weather conditions.
He added that, should the town receive the funding, the money will be allocated towards repairing areas still affected and to pay for work already undertaken.
Pérez also pointed out that technicians “had made a valued report of all the damages detected in public spaces”. The most damage was inflicted on the El Murtal, Miguel Hernández, Ausiàs March, Aitana, Gabriel Miró, Mestre Gaspar López and Serra Gelada schools.
However, emergency work has already been carried out on El Tossalet School, the Foietes Administration Centre and the Rincon de Loix Health Centre which required extensive roof repairs although responsibility for funds lay with the Valencian Health Department.
Around 38 trees were affected by the high winds, resulting in some felling and cropping to prevent damage to people and property. However the only specimen of historical value damaged was the large Ficus Nitida in Parque d’Elche which will be replanted in the same place after receiving treatment in the city nursery.
He added “the rainfall seriously damaged the electrical panel and the remote control system of the rainwater pumping station of the Paseo de Levante” and confirmed that the Town Hall had hired a specialist company to estimate repair work on the slope of Calle Luarca in the Tossal area of la Cala de Benidorm which is expected to cost in the region of €300,000.