Flood alerts in Europe: Moselle in France, northern Italy and Slovenia affected by d

Flood alerts in Europe: Moselle in France, northern Italy and Slovenia affected by d
Flood alerts in Europe: Moselle in France, northern Italy and Slovenia affected by d

The heavy rains which have fallen on certain European regions in recent days have led to a sudden rise in water levels.

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Flood alerts in Europe: Moselle in France, northern Italy and Slovenia affected by severe weather

The heavy rainfall that has fallen on the European continent in recent days has led to widespread damage caused by floods. Overview of France, Italy and Slovenia.

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France: Moselle on alert

In eastern France, meteorological authorities have declared a red flood alert for this Saturday for the Moselle department due to an “exceptional flood” of the Nied rivers (French and German side), with a peak “of the order of five meters”, according to Vigicrues. The monitoring service reports a “direct and widespread threat to the security of people and property”.

The exceptional rains caused a rapid rise in all rivers in the basin and the situation will continue throughout the weekend. In the Filstroff sector, the height reached exceeds “the historic floods of April/May 1983 and February 1997”.

The department experienced heavy rainfall: “the equivalent of more than a month of rain fell in less than 24 hours,” said the prefecture, referring to an “impressive but not dramatic” situation. At this stage the bad weather has not caused any casualties.

In Boulay, in Moselle, the town of 6,000 inhabitants is crossed by a torrent of muddy water. The river has burst its banks and the flow is impressive, even in the city center.

In Oberhof, in the Bas-Rhin, the water rises inexorably. The Zorn River has burst its banks. The houses begin to be surrounded.

Italy: the north of the country impacted

Firefighters in northern Italy continued their operations on Friday to help local populations affected by damage caused by heavy rains and floods. Over the past two days, firefighters have reported 1,800 interventions in the Veneto region and more than 1,000 in Lombardy, where the situation appears to be improving.

According to a report from the firefighters, the situation was declared more serious in the Padua region where work continues in the Camposampiero countryside following the rupture of an embankment on Friday morning.

The evacuation of certain houses that remained isolated and technical checks in the flooded area are underway.

In Cantù, in Lombardy, near Como, firefighters recovered the body of a man missing after falling into a stream on Friday.

Slovenia: heavy rains in the northeast

Local storms formed and heavy rain caused problems in northeastern Slovenia on Thursday evening. Especially along the Štajerska and Gorenjska rivers, which overflowed. In some areas, roads and underpasses were underwater.

Rescuers intervened 53 times, 36 firefighters participated in the rescue and restoration of services after the severe storm.

The region of Šmarje pri Jelšah was the most affected, where around thirty buildings were flooded. Lightning also caused damage, the Civil Protection and Rescue Administration said.

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