Bad weather in Moselle: the situation is improving, cleaning begins | TV5MONDE

Bad weather in Moselle: the situation is improving, cleaning begins | TV5MONDE
Bad weather in Moselle: the situation is improving, cleaning begins | TV5MONDE

The situation is “improving” according to the Moselle prefecture, returned to red alert on Saturday by Météo-France which warns of flooding in the Nied river, after the heavy rainfall the day before which caused flooding.

If the rain has stopped and no rain alert persists, “136 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, “with a height of around five meters” at the peak of the flood: 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”.

According to Vigicrues, “the exceptional rains observed caused a rapid rise in all the watercourses of the Nieds watershed”. The monitoring service reports a “direct and widespread threat to the security of people and property”.

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

“We are on a plateau, the flood has stabilized, we then hope for a reduction. But we remain vigilant, everyone is mobilized,” Armel Chabane, the mayor of Bouzonville, a town crossed by the river, told AFP. Nied. “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.

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 and the Zorn. “Strong vigilance is necessary,” said the prefecture in a press release, asking residents not to approach watercourses.

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

The A4 motorway, in the Paris – Strasbourg direction, remains cut, as do several departmental roads.

“It’s in order”

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 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.

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

“We are in the process of managing the decline and recovering the squares, roads and public spaces which may have been damaged by the rising waters. In one square, the river put pressure on the walls which collapsed. We also has the department house which has its surrounding wall which was taken away,” he listed.

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