Floods in the Alpes-Maritimes: the government announces 20 million euros in additional aid
More than a month after the exceptional floods of October 2 in the Alpes-Maritimes, following the passage of the storm Alex, the Minister for Public Accounts, Olivier Dussopt, announced an upcoming envelope of 20 million euros for the department , Tuesday November 17.
“We will be adjusting a number of programs”, especially “open 20 million euros” as part of the mission “territorial cohesion” for “to help the Alpes-Maritimes department which needs this support”, he told MPs, just after the first reading vote on the 2021 draft budget.
The floods of October 2 literally devastated parts of the Vésubie and Roya valleys, in the Nice hinterland. Colossal reconstruction of roads, bridges, water and electricity networks are needed at a cost of at least one billion euros.
The human toll rises to nine dead but remains provisional. There are nine people still missing, according to the Nice prosecutor’s office.
The mayor of Nice, Christian Estrosi, reacted to this announcement. “I am surprised that the government does not talk about the Nice-Côte-d’Azur Metropolis, he lamented, even though we have estimated the total amount of damage to all of our infrastructures and networks at nearly one billion euros. “