AS well as the human tragedy of the firefighter who lost his life in the floods at the weekend – the financial damage to the Andalucian region, particularly Malaga, is starting to emerge.
It is estimated that around 5,600 properties, mainly including houses (4,500), shops, offices and even two golf courses – one in Estepona and the other Marbella. The likely compensation cost will be around €28million.
Around 1,100 vehicles were affected adding another €4million to the cost.
There was also considerable damage to infrastructure including the road, rail and even water networks – and the total repair cost for those is not yet known.
The national and regional governments have pledged financial assistance to the worst affected areas.
The president of the Junta de Andalucía, Susana Diaz, said in “a matter of days” aid for damaged municipalities should be approved.
Government delegate, María Gámez, said: “It was impossible to be prepared before a quantity of water like this.”
Despite the awful scenes of devastation, the financial cost is less than the floods of December 4, 2016, that saw 10,500 claims get a total payout €58 million.
But the 1989 floods cost more than €149 million to make good.
According to Spain’s national Met Office, AEMET, the small mountain village of Alpandeire in the Genal Valley of the Serrania de Ronda saw the highest recorded rainfall on Sunday with 399.4 litres per square metre.
Ardales followed close behind and recorded 396 litres per square metre with 309 litres in just twelve hours.
Emergency services were inundated with calls and firefighters, Guardia Civil, Local Police, Civil Protection and members of the public all mobilised to deal with the emergency.
In the Guardiaro Valley recuse helicopters from the Guardia Civil were called in to rescue trapped householders from their properties including one British woman in the railway neighbourhood of Cortes de la Frontera.
A riverside hotel on the outskirts of Ronda has put out an appeal on social media looking for volunteers to help their clean-up operation.
The Hotel Molino del Puente said: “Heavy rain has made quite a mess in our family hotel, we are accepting any and all volunteers to help clear the hotel up as soon as possible, wear old clothes, wellies and bring any spades and wheelbarrows you may have. Thank you very much to all the support we have been receiving xxx”
In Ronda archaelogists are evaluating the damage to the centuries old Arab Baths after they were inundated by the flash floods and a wall collapsed alllmost taking away one of the town’s landmark bridges.
And the scene in Yunquera…