Business owners blame Faro council for flood damage

December floods cause €3.9 million in damages in Algarve

The stormy weather that hit the Algarve in December and led to several serious floods – in particular in Faro – caused around €3.9 million in damages.

The figure was presented by José Apolinário, president of the regional development commission CCDR Algarve, during a parliamentary hearing this week.

“I would say the impact on the region, globally, is around €3.9 million calculated so far. Some services only provided more detailed information after December 30,” he told the MPs of the Territorial Cohesion Committee.

Apolinário said that he contacted local mayors after two days of worse weather (December 4 and 5) and heard that occurrences were reported in seven municipalities – Albufeira, Alcoutim, Castro Marim, Faro, Loulé, São Brás de Alportel and Silves.

“We created a report, collected information from all municipalities, shared that report with all 16 municipalities and civil protection authorities, crossreferenced and improved the data and submitted a first draft on December 30,” he said.

Apolinário added that municipalities and CCDR Algarve are “waiting for a government resolution” to then carry out a “rigorous check” of bids for support.

Last month, minister for territorial cohesion Ana Abrunhosa vowed that Algarve municipalities affected by floods will be receiving financial help from the State.

By Michael Bruxo