Funds from Madrid for flood damage

SORAYA SAENZ DE SANTAMARIA: Vice-President announced flood help

FUNDS from the Madrid government will be released for regions affected by the September and October floods.

Cash will be available for the Canary Islands which were badly affected by storms towards the end of last month as well as Andalucia, Murcia, Valencia, Tarragona and Gerona (Cataluña). The announcement came from Vice-President Soraya Saenz de Santamaria after the latest Cabinet meeting.

Aid from the government will cover storm damage to public and municipal infrastructure as well personal property lost or damaged when flash floods inundated ground floors and garages. The customary formalities will be made more flexible, Saenz de Santamaria added, and the period for making claims has been increased to two months. In addition, applicants will wait three months instead of six for an official decision.

Given the nature of the damage, help will be available from the Treasury, the ministry of Public Works and the ministry of Agriculture, Food and the Environment, the Vice-President said.

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