Moselle and Meurthe-et-Moselle on red alert for floods

Moselle and Meurthe-et-Moselle on red alert for floods
Moselle and Meurthe-et-Moselle on red alert for floods

This Saturday, May 18, Moselle and Meurthe-et-Moselle are placed on red flood alert, according to the latest bulletin from Vigi Météo France.

The department of Meurthe-et-Moselle joins the Moselle, affected by flooding since Friday, on red “flood” alert, indicates Météo France in its latest bulletin. Vigilance due to an “exceptional flood” of the Nieds rivers, with a peak “of the order of five meters”, according to Vigicrues. While since Thursday at the end of the afternoon, a “very significant rainy episode coming from Germany” concerns the east of France and significant rains are recorded on the German border, “the accumulations observed are very significant on the Nieds, Sarre and Moder basins”, notes the organization. The height reached exceeds “the historic floods of April/May 1983 and February 1997”, notes Vigicrues.

“The very heavy rain observed since the night of Thursday to Friday and is currently causing a rapid rise in the rivers of Nieds,” specifies Météo-France. More than 1,300 firefighters were mobilized and 238 municipalities were impacted, according to the prefecture. The Moselle experienced abundant rainfall: “the equivalent of more than a month of rain fell in less than 24 hours”, explained the prefecture on Friday May 17, referring to an “impressive but not dramatic” situation and not deploring ” no deaths or injuries.” Bas-Rhin is affected by orange vigilance for the same phenomenon. The Vosges department, which was in orange on Friday, has switched back to yellow vigilance, according to the latest Météo-France bulletin.

Thunderstorms expected

The Weather Channel notes for its part that the risk of storms will continue on Saturday, citing “unstable weather” and temperatures that are “barely seasonal”. The rest of the long Pentecost weekend should, for its part, be marked by thunderstorms which will nevertheless be “dispersed”, as well as nice clearings, with unchanged temperatures.

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