after bad weather, the situation improves in Moselle

after bad weather, the situation improves in Moselle
after bad weather, the situation improves in Moselle

“The equivalent of more than a month of rain fell in less than 24 hours”, the Moselle prefecture explained on Friday evening. In this department placed on red alert for floods, the abundant precipitation caused flooding and several power cuts. The prefecture announced this Saturday, May 18, 2024 that the situation was improving.

“A lot of mud in the cellars”

In the communities affected the day before by floods, 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 fallen again, it remains high but acceptable”declared to AFP the mayor of Sierck-les-Bains, Helen Lambard-Hammond, whose town was affected on Friday by flooding from the Montenach stream.

“All the relocated people were able to return to their homes, now everyone is cleaning. It is mainly 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, surveillance and cleaning”she added.

“Gradually things are getting back to normal and with each passing hour we tend towards better things”rejoiced Philippe Schutz, mayor of Boulay-Moselle.

Areas still inaccessible

Despite the lull, the A4 motorway in the Paris – Strasbourg direction remains cut, as do several departmental roads. If the rain has stopped and no rain alert persists, “136 interventions by firefighters” were still in progress on Saturday morning, indicates the prefecture in a press release. However, the authorities specify “no casualties or injuries” is not to be deplored.

“The situation remains complicated in Hombourg-Haut” Or “in the Nieds valley”confirms the prefecture to AFP, which mentions a landslide in Bousseviller, and a “particular point of attention” on the Saltzbronn dike.

A photograph shows the German Nied River in a flooded area in Créhange, northeastern France, May 18, 2024. | JEAN-CHRISTOPHE VERHAEGEN/AFP
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A photograph shows the German Nied River in a flooded area in Créhange, northeastern France, May 18, 2024. | JEAN-CHRISTOPHE VERHAEGEN/AFP

“We are on a plateau, the flood has stabilized, we then hope for a decline. But we remain vigilant, everyone is mobilized”Armel Chabane, the mayor of Bouzonville, a town crossed by the Nied, told AFP. “At present, we have no major damage to report, but we do not yet have access to all the areas”. In the town, an electrical transformer is underwater and residents of several streets no longer have electricity.

Recognition of natural disaster

“Given the impact of flooding on homes and businesses, particularly in the municipality of Diemeringen, the prefect will request recognition of a natural disaster for this municipality”specifies the prefecture.

Read also: Severe weather. What are the criteria for recognizing a state of natural disaster?

The department is still placed on red alert for floods.

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