Bad weather in Moselle: the situation “remains complicated”

Bad weather in Moselle: the situation “remains complicated”
Bad weather in Moselle: the situation “remains complicated”

The situation “remains complicated” according to the Moselle prefecture, returned to red alert on Saturday by Météo-France which warns of possible flooding of the Nied river, after the abundant rainfall the day before which caused flooding.

If the rain has stopped and no rain alert persists, “120 firefighter interventions” were still in progress on Saturday morning, the prefecture said in a press release. The authorities, however, specify that “no victims or injuries” have been reported.

But the department has gone into red alert for floods, Météo-France warning of an “exceptional flood” of the Nied: in the sector of the commune of Filstroff, “the height reached corresponds to the highest known waters, exceeding the historic floods of April/May 1983 and February 1997.

“On the Nied Réunée, the flood peak, with a height of around five meters, is underway in the Filstroff sector,” indicates Vigicrues.

The height of the flood of the German Nied in the commune of Faulquemont on February 26, 1997 was measured at 3.49 meters, and at 4.35 meters the same day in Filstroff for the united Nied (same height in May 1983), reports a surveillance regulation dated 2020 available on the Vigicrues website.

“The exceptional rains observed caused a rapid rise in all the watercourses in the Nieds watershed,” explains the organization.

The monitoring service reports a “direct and widespread threat to the security of people and property”.

A month of rain in 24 hours

The department experienced heavy rainfall: “the equivalent of more than a month of rain fell in less than 24 hours,” the Moselle prefecture explained on Friday evening.

More than 1,000 firefighters and 642 engines were mobilized to respond to the emergency, according to state services.

Other rivers are also classified as orange flood alert, notably the Moder, in the neighboring department of Bas-Rhin, as well as the Sarre.

“On the Saar, the levels should stabilize by midday this Saturday,” indicates Vigicrues.

The A4 motorway, in the Paris – Strasbourg direction, remains cut, while the TGV immobilized on Friday was due to leave on Saturday morning, the trees that had fallen on the track having been cleared. Several departmental roads remained inaccessible.

In the surrounding area, it is time for pumping and cleaning operations.

“We stayed up all night with elected officials, firefighters and police. The level of the stream has gone down, it remains high but acceptable,” the mayor of Sierck-les-bains, Helen Lambard-Hammond, told AFP. , whose commune was affected on Friday by flooding from the Ruisseau de Montenach.

“All the relocated people have been able to return to their homes, now everyone is cleaning. It is especially the individuals who have a lot of mud in the cellars, and we also have a small bridge which has given way. The watchwords are vigilance, monitoring and cleaning,” she added.

In Bouzonville, in Moselle, an electrical transformer is underwater and the residents of several streets no longer have electricity.

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