Mopping up operation in Altea

SEAFRONT DAMAGE: Jaume Llinares, regional Coastline chief Rosa de los Rios and councillors.

THE storms and gales that recently hit Altea were the worst in living memory.

Winds there reached 106 kilometres an hour and high seas seriously affected seafront infrastructure, although this same story was repeated all along the Costa Blanca.

Officials from the national and regional governments as well as the Alicante Province Diputacion have now inspected the damage first-hand to assess the help that will be needed to restore local towns and their beaches in time for Easter.

“We have inspected the damage with representatives from the national and regional administrations, discussing solutions and the possibility of official funding,” said Altea mayor Jaume Llinares.

An information point has been set up at Altea Town Hall to advise residents who were affected by the power cuts or destruction caused by the storms and wish to make claims.

Any compensation would come from the Generalitat although the town hall will act as an intermediary on behalf of residents, Participation councillor Beatriz Gonzalez explained to the Euro Weekly News.

The information point is located in the Citizens’ Attention department on the ground floor at the town hall.

It will remain open until February 7 although this could be extended if necessary.

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