UK expats in a flood-ravaged part of Spain’s Costa Blanca are worried about autumn’s problems happening again.
The heavy record-breaking storms and flooding brought promises of financial aid from the Madrid government, but Orihuela’s mayor, Emilio Bascuñana, claims that his area has not seen a single euro of aid from the national and regional Valencian governments.
Bascuñana says that his council’s finances have worsened still further due to the coronavirus pandemic and he’s written a letter of complaint to Spain’s Prime Minister, Pedro Sanchez, and to Valencia’s President, Ximo Puig.
“Nine months have passed and we are still waiting for money that we so badly need,” claimed the mayor.
“We simply cannot afford to pay for all the emergency work that needs to be done in case we get another Gota Fria,” he added,
Orihuela’s Infrastructure councillor Ángel Noguera said that financial aid had only been provided by the Alicante Provincial Council, whilst the Segura Hydrographic Confederation is doing work in regular flood-hit areas like Molins, Arneva and Hurchillo.