Claims roll in after storm causes chaos in Alicante Province

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FLOODS: Compensation claims for damage could total €4 million.

UP to €4 million is being allocated for those affected by the recent floods.

The Insurance Compensation Consortium (CCS), a public body under the Ministry of Development, will allocate the between €3-4 million to compensate those affected. So far, the CCS has received 606 compensation claims; 283 from Alicante Province, with Torrevieja and Alicante being amongst the towns most affected.

Within 10 minutes of the rains falling last week, 23 litres per square metre of water was collected in Alicante bringing infrastructure to a standstill.

Firefighters and Local Police in the city issued several flood warnings and were called to deal with a fallen tree in Calle Bellea Foc, but there were no casualties involved.

Classrooms at the Santo Angel school were flooded along with the Rectory at the University of Alicante. There were also leaks at the General Hospital and five lifts were closed.

Traffic on tram line number two, which connects San Vicente with the city of Alicante, had to be stopped for 50 minutes due to accumulation of water in some parts of the route and poor visibility, and delays were suffered on line four which runs along the beach of San Juan.

The heavy storm also caused chaos in Torrevieja with 30 litres per square metre of rain in just 20 minutes. Following a morning of sunshine, the rain and hail surprised residents and came just a day after Mayor Jose Manuel Dolon said flood plans were essential and a priority for the city.

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