Thunderstorms left EUR 86m in damages
15 July 2005, BRUSSELS — The thunderstorms and resulting flooding in West and East Flanders earlier this month resulted in an estimated EUR 86 million in damages.
15 July 2005
BRUSSELS — The thunderstorms and resulting flooding in West and East Flanders earlier this month resulted in an estimated EUR 86 million in damages.
More than 11.000 people or businesses suffered flooding or water damages. The average amount of damages totalled EUR 7,638 per person or firm.
The figures are estimates drawn up by the governors of West and East Flanders, Paul Breyne and André Denys, newspaper 'De Standaard' reported on Friday.
Interior Minister Patrick Dewael gave the governors five days to draw up the damages bill, which is expected to be paid by the federal government.
The governors have based their estimates on figures supplied by municipal authorities, which compiled damage reports from residents and response experiences from emergency services.
Every municipality in West Flanders — where EUR 63,784 million in damages was reported — lodged a damages claim, apart from six coastal municipalities.
In East Flanders, the damages bill was estimated at EUR 22,551 million. However, the province included damages incurred not only on 3 July, but 29 June also.
The Cabinet decided last week the flooding on 3 and 4 July will be officially classified as a natural disaster. Formal recognition is expected at the cabinet's meeting on Wednesday 20 July.
Members of the public will then be able to submit a claim for damages from 25 July. Formal recognition the damages were caused by a natural disaster allow compensation to be paid via the federal natural disaster fund.
[Copyright Expatica News 2005]
Subject: Belgian news