Two to three hundred inhabitants of Limburg will not be able to go home before the end of the year. That is what insurers Interpolis and Centraal Beheer say to the ANP news agency. The water damage to the homes of these residents and the surrounding infrastructure is so great that repairs will take a long time.
About five hundred cases of damage reported to Centraal Beheer are so serious that people cannot go home for the time being. Out of that group, a hundred damage reports are very serious – the recovery of these residents will take the rest of the year. In the case of insurer Interpolis, this concerns a maximum of two hundred damage reports from people who cannot return to their home for a longer period of time.
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Several problems arise during the repair work. In some places, such as the hard-hit municipalities of Valkenburg aan de Geul and Schin op Geul, streets are so badly damaged that contractors cannot reach the houses. In addition, houses must first dry before repair work can begin, which can take weeks. There is also a lack of materials, contractors, kitchens and furniture, partly due to the enormous demand that there is now in the region. “A large group of people now want to have repair work done at the same time. That is difficult to arrange quickly,” an Interpolis spokesperson told ANP.
In the meantime, temporary housing is being sought for those affected. Holiday parks and shelters in other municipalities are being looked at. The insurers will also be inspecting houses in the coming weeks to get an idea of the total damage. In addition to compensation from insurers, people from Limburg may also be entitled to support from the government through the Disaster Compensation Act. To date, the National Disaster Fund has also collected 9.5 million euros for social projects.