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In A Hard Hit Dutch Town A 470 Million Flood Damage Bill Has Been Issued

This week’s flooding in a southern Dutch tourist town cost roughly 400 million euros ($470 million) in damage to homes and businesses, according to the town’s mayor.
Approximately 700 properties in Valkenburg were flooded so badly that their owners will have to find temporary housing while they are restored, according to mayor Daan Prevoo.
Late last week, the southern Dutch province of Limburg was slammed by the worst floods in decades, producing an anxious weekend as authorities kept a tight eye on dikes and levees strained to breaking point by swelling rivers and swamped flood plains.
Unlike neighboring Germany and Belgium, where 202 people have been reported deceased, the Netherlands has had no casualties.
“It’s evident that we’re the hotspot” of water damage in the Netherlands, according to Prevoo.
He claims that half of the 400 million euros is for actual flood damage and the other half is for the cost of businesses missing out on their peak tourism season while they recuperate from the water’s havoc.
The Dutch government named the region a disaster zone last week.
Residents may be eligible to receive compensation from a government fund for damages not covered by their insurance.

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