COSTA BLANCA NEWS: Valencia government and waterways board pledge €60 million to rebuilding Alicante’s Vega Baja

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RAIN IN SPAIN: Flash floods. Photo credit: Karl Smallman, Euro Weekly News


SOME €60 million has been pledged to be spent for rebuilding the Vega Baja after the storms that hit Spain’s Costa Blanca in September. 

This is the combined sum announced by the regional government and the waterways authority.  

Speaking at meeting held in Dolores the Councillor for Justice, interior and Public Administration of the Generalitat de Valencia regional government Gabriela Bravo revealed that the council has budgeted €46.3 million in 2020 to repair the damage recorded in the municipalities of the Vega Baja. 

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She said: “Building the Vega Baja is a priority of the regional government.” She highlighted that the Generalitat has approved and processed five decrees and eight resolutions of urgent aid in two months. 

For the Councillor, “the reconstruction program of the Vega Baja is already a reality for which there is an investment of more than €90 million, of which €46.3 million are budgeted for next year. 

She added: “This is a plan that involves all the departments Amongst the spending id €25 million on housing, € 4.8 million for agricultural equipment, €4.1 million in schools, €3.6 million in transport infrastructure and €3.4 million on health infrastructure.” 

Approximately 1,800 people have already received a grant to purchase household goods worth approximately €2.7 million with a total of €13 million set aside for the purpose. 

So far 8,456 applications to purchase basic goods, 132 for rental housing, 144 for home repair and 15 for damaged vehicles have been made. 

To these must be added requests from 44 municipalities to pay for the extraordinary expenses involved in the relief and rescue tasks during the DANA. 

On top of this the Confederación Hidrográfica del Segura (CHS) announced it has tendered €17.2 million worth of emergency work to restore watercourses and repair the infrastructure of the Vega Baja. 





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