A month after DANA, the most affected towns in Toledo do not recover normality

The heavy torrential rains brought by the High Level Isolated Depression (DANA) at the beginning of September caused havoc in numerous municipalities in the province of Toledo, in which some of the most affected, a month later, still They see the recovery of normality far away.

The first thirty days after DANA have focused on removing the mud that flooded streets and homes, recovering vehicles trapped in the mud and being able to restart essential services without those that the heavy rains left them without, such as a school or A health center.

This last case is that of Yunclillos, one of the towns that its own mayor, Manuel Zamarreño, called the ‘ground zero’ of the DANA, which was left without health care, pharmacy, businesses and in which even the City Hall building was badly damaged by the rains, so he requested specialized help to clean up the devastating storm damage.

A month later, Zamarreño lamented, in statements to the EFE Agency, that even though the machinery works and everything continues to be cleaned, “when they leave, we are left alone here as always.”

The heavy torrential rains brought by the High Level Isolated Depression (DANA) at the beginning of September caused havoc in numerous municipalities in the province of Toledo, in which some of the most affected, a month later, still They see the recovery of normality far away.

The first thirty days after DANA have focused on removing the mud that flooded streets and homes, recovering vehicles trapped in the mud and being able to restart essential services without those that the heavy rains left them without, such as a school or A health center.

This last case is that of Yunclillos, one of the towns that its own mayor, Manuel Zamarreño, called the ‘ground zero’ of the DANA, which was left without health care, pharmacy, businesses and in which even the City Hall building was badly damaged by the rains, so he requested specialized help to clean up the devastating storm damage.

A month later, Zamarreño lamented, in statements to the EFE Agency, that even though the machinery works and everything continues to be cleaned, “when they leave, we are left alone here as always.”

All neighbors have to do work after DANA

The mood of the inhabitants of Yunclillos – a municipality of about 800 inhabitants – remains “head down”, as its mayor has reported, because now is when they are seeing the reality of the effects of DANA: that all residents have to carry out works , change floors and walls where moisture still appears.

Some neighbors have private insurance and receive advances of the amounts they are entitled to for damages, but those who do not have insurance must wait for the help that “will come when it has to come,” said the councilor.

At the moment, they have not received any financial aid and those for the declaration of what was called a catastrophic zone will take a while to arrive, although Zamarreño has pointed out that he is in talks with the Provincial Council of Toledo, which is in the process of developing the bases for the special allocation that will be allocated to the municipalities affected by DANA.

“Nothing of normality,” concluded the mayor of Yunclillos, because after a month “nothing has been recovered,” except for Primary Care because it has been relocated to another space.

And all this, he added, with the fear that heavy rains or adverse weather may occur again, in response to which he has decided to lift the entire channeling of the stream that was covered and leave it exposed so that “if other rains come, try to prevent bother a little more.”

Magán has only recovered the school and has already spent 500,000 euros on emergency actions after DANA

The Toledo town of Magán has also not managed to recover a certain normality, where until now they have worked hard to remove the mud and recover the school so that the children could start the school year, although the daycare center is still under construction and its mayor, José Luis Martínez is confident of being able to open it within approximately 15 days.

Meanwhile, the children are being treated at the municipality’s old health center and the mud removal work continues and, according to Martínez, “it is difficult to find machinery” to remove all the water and mud from the streets.

“We still have nothing of normality,” the Magán councilor stressed in statements to EFE, since both the pavilion and the soccer field and the parks have not yet been touched and they continue cleaning streets, removing mud and “doing what “it can be done,” he stressed.

Together with Mocejón, Martínez has stressed that Magán was one of the towns most affected by DANA and in whose emergency actions the City Council has already spent 500,000 euros.

However, the budgetary limitation of the municipal administration is evident and that is why its mayor has stated: “I cannot spend more if you do not help me, I am not going to ruin my town, I am very clear about that.”

In this sense, he has complained that the declaration of Magán as a catastrophic zone has not yet been published even in the Official State Gazette (BOE) despite the damage suffered, more than 400 homes affected and many services that have not yet been able to recover.

By Web Desk