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Terrible Floods In North East Spain As The Ebro Bursts It´s Banks

Watching last night's news here in Spain was heartbreaking as people were filmed returning to their homes after flood waters receded from the river Ebro, which burst its banks due to heavy rain and meltwater from snowfall. Even more upsetting was seeing all the farm animals that had drowned in the floods, sheep, pigs, horse´s and cattle trapped inside barns and farm buildings could not escape the rising waters and drowned where they stood. It was terrible to see.

http://www.euronews.com/2015/03/04/severe-flooding-hits-north-east-spain/

Water entered homes to a height of almost 2 meters, and many lost everything they owned.

The government has promised compensation and I just hope it gets to those people who are affected. Unlike when my area was hit by a huge wildfire and despite claiming, many of us never received a single cent.

One spokesperson talking about the floods made reference to it being a natural disaster, this too is disturbing in the fact that sometime insurance companies refuse to pay out when things are classified this way. I sincerely hope that all affected get enough monetary support to piece their homes and lives together again. It´s bad enough seeing everything you own ruined without being ripped off to boot.

NB. The image is of the Ebro flooding in 2003. The recent flood is just as bad if not worse.


Image Credit » Author Davidnovillas http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Novillas_6_Febrero_2003_FotoAerea_davidnovillas.JPG?uselang=en-gb public domain

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bestwriter wrote on March 7, 2015, 7:06 AM

If there is one thing I do not like to read about is news such as this. Very distressing specially those animals emoticon :sad:

maxeen wrote on March 7, 2015, 7:12 AM

Horrifying news,I feel sick at the thought of animals unable to escape.. Must be a nightmare for the people,so sorry about it..

CalmGemini wrote on March 7, 2015, 7:25 AM

I saw the news and the videos.I think some 10 persons died.And the animals-Imagine all of them trapped. News like these are so disturbing.

Colibry21 wrote on March 7, 2015, 7:41 AM

It's really sad when this happens. I hope everyone is alright though.

Soonerdad3 wrote on March 7, 2015, 8:21 AM

Our insurance companies here in the U.S. like to refuse to pay no matter how it is classified. Insurance is one big scam, we are forced to buy insurance and then when it comes time to use it, the companies fight tooth and nail to pay out.

Hollyhocks100 wrote on March 7, 2015, 8:25 AM

bestwriter
maxeen
CalmGemini
Colibry21
I´m sure no one expected the water to rise as high as it did, otherwise surely the farmers would have opened barn doors to let the animals out. It's a hard lesson, but hopefully people will learn from it in the future.

Hollyhocks100 wrote on March 7, 2015, 8:29 AM

I´m glad to say I got a payout without a problem after the wild fire, well from the insurance company at least. The town hall in my village managed to pocket most of the money which came to them after we put in claims from the disaster fund. I won´t ever forgive them for that.

Soonerdad3 wrote on March 7, 2015, 8:56 AM

I am so sorry to hear of your experiences, we have so many people here in the U.S. after hurricanes getting ripped off by insurance companies and even government agencies when they were promised assistance with flood insurance.

Hollyhocks100 wrote on March 7, 2015, 9:19 AM

That´s just terrible. One thing that gets me about insurance companies is the way they will let you pay without inspecting to see if a property is sound, but then refuse a claim because it´s judged to be of poor construction when hit with extreme weather or the like. As for government agencies taking monies from those promised help following a disaster, it seems like that´s a worldwide thing and totally dispicable.

Soonerdad3 wrote on March 7, 2015, 9:34 AM

oh yeah, it is the worst form of corruption, fortunately, in our country the government does not get their hands on the funds coming from insurance companies for damage to private property. However, if it is public land and the federal government offers assistance to the states, then that money goes directly to the state to give out to the local municipalities. This is where more corruption can lead to unfair distribution of the funds.

CoralLevang wrote on March 7, 2015, 10:21 AM

Having lived in New Orleans, we were constantly hearing about the levy on the Mississippi becoming close to the point where it would not hold back the water. Of course, we saw that when Katrina came through. In that area's case, the city was built in an area that was below sea level. Tragic, simply tragic.

I hope that this area of Spain will recover quickly. Heartbreaking to hear.

OldRoadsOnceTraveled wrote on March 7, 2015, 12:13 PM

That is so sad. Hopefully everything will work out for all of them.

Hollyhocks100 wrote on March 7, 2015, 12:18 PM

The money coming from the disaster fund as far as I´m aware was given to the town hall, then the town hall invented a clause so they could keep it from the majority of people who claimed. As far as I can tell, the only reason we were asked to provide lists with costs of damages, was so the town hall could ask for X amount of compensation, which they then kept. Years later, those of us who got nothing had a letter from the courts in another town asking us to go to the town hall on a set date in regard of claims, it seemed clear to me that someone had kicked up such a stink it got the courts involved and we all submitted new claims. The money from those claims is supposed to be paid out in April this year, so I´m likely not to see a penny as I will be back in the UK then.

Hollyhocks100 wrote on March 7, 2015, 12:21 PM

coralLevang

OldRoadsOnceTraveled

Also on last night's news was a reservoir that was dangerously high, but no water could be released as it would add to the flooding or cause floods in a different area, not sure which, but this winter has been probably one of the worst on record for the north of Spain.

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Soonerdad3 wrote on March 7, 2015, 12:22 PM

That is exactly what it sounds like and fortunately there was someone like that willing to speak up and not just accept the poor results.

Kasman wrote on March 7, 2015, 12:23 PM

This sort of thing is likely to get worse as global warming really begins to take a hold on our planet.

Hollyhocks100 wrote on March 7, 2015, 12:27 PM

I and two other English people kicked up a real fuss for sometime, but then I realised it was getting us nowhere and exhausting me, taking my energy away from putting things right after the fire so I gave up. My friend contacted the ombudsman, but he was government employed so that got them nowhere either, but maybe not, maybe someone in the ombudsman's office did pass it to the justice system, who knows.

Hollyhocks100 wrote on March 7, 2015, 12:29 PM

I Know. There were protesters out in the streets when flooding was threatened yet again from the Ebro, they were asking for the river to be dredged regularly instead of letting it get so silted up. There was also mention of housing built of ancient flood planes too.

Soonerdad3 wrote on March 7, 2015, 12:35 PM

It is a shame when the very people that should be helping you are the people that are harming you.