Ex­hi­bi­tion and con­fer­ence on 10th an­niver­sary of Ma­rina Alta floods

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A DECADE has passed since homes in El Verger, On­dara, Els Poblets and Be­niar­beig were de­stroyed by the freak floods of Oc­to­ber 2007, but af­fected res­i­dents are still scared stiff when­ever it rains, says the River Girona Cam­paign Group.

Many had to wait months or even years for gov­ern­ment funds to re­pair their homes, and lit­tle has been done to pre­vent it hap­pen­ing again.

To mark the 10th an­niver­sary of the worst gota fría in the Ma­rina Alta's re­cent his­tory, the Plataforma Ci­u­dadana Riu Girona has brought to­gether ex­perts on the sub­ject, au­thor­i­ties and var­i­ous pro­fes­sion­als for a con­fer­ence and ex­hi­bi­tion which looks set to be both fas­ci­nat­ing and ed­u­ca­tional.

Pi­o­neer­ing ideas re­sult­ing from re­search into the floods caused by the river burst­ing its banks mean home­own­ers can learn how to pro­tect their prop­er­ties in the event of a sim­i­lar nat­u­ral dis­as­ter.

They will also learn about mea­sures al­ready put in place to help.

Char­i­ties, res­i­dents and emer­gency ser­vices who worked round the clock to help the flood vic­tims will give their per­sonal tes­ti­monies, top aca­demics and pro­fes­sion­als will de­bate cur­rent is­sues re­lat­ing to flood risk, and a pho­to­graphic ex­hi­bi­tion show­ing the hor­rors of the 'front line' of the catas­tro­phe will be shown.

The first half of the an­niver­sary event will be more tech­ni­cal, with the sec­ond part more 'so­cial', says the Plataforma.

It will take place in El Verger's Casa de Cul­tura on Oc­to­ber 14 all day.

A full pro­gramme of ac­tiv- ities will be re­leased nearer the date.

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