Technical visit to the works for a breakwater wall to prevent landslides in Oria

The territorial delegate of Justice, Local Administration and Public Function, Rebeca Gómez, has visited the municipality of Oria, together with its mayor, Marcos Reche, where they have been able to check the state of the reinforcement and stabilisation works subsidised by this Regional Ministry, which are being carried out in an area affected by heavy rains last year to prevent landslides.

Gómez explained that “the work consists of the construction of a breakwater wall which will prevent the collapse of an area heavily affected by torrential rains last year”.

The delegate has been able to check the state of execution of these works, which are being carried out with a subsidy from the Regional Ministry of Justice, Local Administration and Public Function corresponding to the FECLIMA aid line aimed at town councils to repair public infrastructures damaged by meteorological phenomena or natural disasters.

This line of subsidies is aimed at repairing urban roads, pavements or rural roads, cleaning parks and gardens, mitigating damage to municipal buildings, restoring basic supply networks, drilling boreholes for wells and renovations to treatment plants or damaged sewage and water supply networks, as well as other tasks to restore services affected by torrential rains, storms, strong winds and other phenomena.

In 2023, 59 Andalusian municipalities received this aid, 17 of them in the province of Almería: Tahal, Beires, Suflí, Berja, Tíjola, Santa Cruz de Marchena, Senés, Sorbas, Lúcar, Paterna del Río, Tabernas, Laroya, Oria, María, Rioja, Cuevas del Almanzora and Vera. In total, 4.1 million euros were allocated for 65 actions, of which 1,215,678.48 euros correspond to 19 projects carried out by municipalities in Almería, such as Oria.

Deadline for this year’s call for proposals open

Gómez recalled that from today the deadline for applying for this year’s grants is open following yesterday’s publication of the call for applications in the BOJA (Official Gazette of Andalusia). Town councils will be able to apply for FECLIMA grants until 16 June.

Each town council may apply for aid for one or more actions, for a total amount of up to 100,000 euros. The damage must have been caused by storms, torrential rains, floods and other climatic phenomena that occurred between 12 June 2023 and 9 June 2024. The funds will be distributed on a non-competitive basis.

DANA Decree

In addition, on 5 December the Governing Council approved a DANA Decree, which creates a mechanism for extraordinary economic cooperation with local authorities in the event of disasters, within the framework of the Municipal Cooperation Plan, which allows them to deal with greater damage through the declaration of affected municipalities, with the phenomenon being assessed by 112, which deploys the actions foreseen for the declaration of the emergency”.

The territorial delegate detailed that this decree “regulates the emergency procedure for processing the declaration of an exceptional situation, which will specify the local entities affected, the territorial scope, the types of damage that may be subsidised, the range of dates on which they must have occurred and the maximum amount of aid that each municipality may apply for”.

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