Exhibition and conference on 10th anniversary of Marina Alta floods
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.