ORIHUELA has received more than €200,000 in aid and subsidies from central government in Madrid to cover the emergency costs incurred during the floods last December. The Rio Segura overflowed in the city for the first time since it was canalised, and caused major damage to surrounding agricultural land and houses and businesses too.
The mayor of Orihuela, Emilio Bascuñana, has announced that to date, a total of €89,042 has been paid to some 39 households that suffered the most in the pre-Christmas floods. This has equated to a payment of €2,580 per home and €8,000 for commercial premises.
Requests for financial help were collected by the Orihuela town hall within days after the flooding, and it’s been recognised by the central government representative that has spent some time in the area – Juan Carlos Moragues – that Orihuela was one of the municipalities most affected by the torrential rains.
In addition to the individual and business payments, a further €30,000 has been given to repair the storm damage on the Punta Prima and La Glea (Campoamor) beaches. This will cover not only repairs but the hire of special heavy machinery used in the aftermath to clean up the area.