Companies impacted by a freak storm in which record rainfall volumes fell in the east of the country have claimed €4.6m in compensation.
Some 30 companies suffered damage and contacted the Luxembourg economy ministry to access finance earmarked for recovery efforts. Of the companies impacted, three reported damage costing more than €1m. The government published the interim balance on Wednesday.
The economy ministry may pay a first aid up to €200,000 of the estimated costs. Around six companies have already benefited from €558,000 in initial aid. The total damages will be paid in full on presentation of invoices.
Torrential downpours on the night of 31 May to 1 June left parts of the Mullerthal region in the east of Luxembourg paralysed. The village of Waldbillig was the worst affected, receiving 101.3 litres of rain per metre square, setting a new record for the country.
Some roads will be closed for a year for repairs to be carried out and a third of hiking trails in the Mullerthal were closed for safety reasons. The government reported that more than half of the closed trails had since been reopened as of 19 June. Signs have been put in place for the trails which are still inaccessible.