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Limassol still counting cost of weekend rain

Flooding in Limassol after serious rainfall (Archives: Photo Kitasweather)

Limassol municipality has received more than 50 requests for help to repair damages to buildings by Saturday’s torrential rains, while five crews are still working on recording what needs to be fixed.

According to Deputy Mayor Marios Alexandrou registering the damages started on Sunday afternoon and will be completed by Wednesday, except for cases where the owners of premises are abroad and cannot request the state’s assistance.

“We are constantly receiving phone calls, we have officially received 52 applications for recording damages to premises and five to vehicles, a number that is expected to increase as our crews continue,” Alexandrou said.

He added the crews were not only called to the city centre where the biggest problems were observed but also to the suburbs of Limassol and to areas such as Polemidia and Ipsonas.

In order to receive financial assistance from the government, certain conditions must be met, the deputy mayor explained. It will not be given to those in possession of illegal premises or covered by private insurance.

The Polemidia municipality on Tuesday afternoon informed all who want to submit a request to do so by letter to the Limassol municipality or by email to [email protected]

The request should include the necessary proof such as photographs and contact details.

An extraordinary session of the Limassol city council at 6pm on Tuesday has been scheduled to deal with the problems caused by the bad weather.

The torrential rains caused thousands of euros in damage, as dwellings flooded and motorists were stranded on deluged roads and parking lots along the coast.

The fire services dealt with over 200 calls for assistance, mainly to pump water from flooded homes and basements but also to free stranded drivers.

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