Meurthe-et-Moselle awaits the flood of the Vezouze, no more departments on red alert | TV5MONDE

Meurthe-et-Moselle awaits the flood of the Vezouze, no more departments on red alert | TV5MONDE
Meurthe-et-Moselle awaits the flood of the Vezouze, no more departments on red alert | TV5MONDE

Météo France lowered its vigilance to orange for “floods” in Meurthe-et-Moselle, compared to red until then, just like the neighboring department of Moselle, where the situation was improving after the abundant rainfall the day before which gave cause flooding.

In addition to these two departments, Bas-Rhin is also on orange “flood” alert due to “stormy rains (which) will occur on saturated or even flooded soils”, indicates the metrological office in its 10 p.m. bulletin.

“The significant rain observed led to a reaction from the Vezouze”, a river taking its Source in the Vosges and flowing into the Meurthe, indicated Vigicrues in its previous bulletin referring to an “exceptional flood in the Lunéville sector”.

The rise in water levels “continues this Saturday” and could reach the same heights as during the 2006 flood episode, specifies the organization. The water could rise up to 3.38 meters high overnight from Saturday to Sunday, while it was 0.77 meters on Friday.

“Remain cautious and listen to prevention messages,” President Emmanuel Macron wrote on the social network “exceptional floods”.

The Minister of Ecological Transition, Christophe Béchu, called on residents to “adopt good behavior”, in particular by postponing travel and keeping contact with “vulnerable and isolated people”.

“The Vezouze fell by 10 centimeters between 5:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. in Lunéville and it continues to fall, so we have not yet triggered the municipal protection plan,” Catherine Paillard, the mayor of the town, told AFP. wanting to be reassuring. “No homes are affected. For the night, we are rather optimistic,” she added, while preventive pumping operations were put in place at the first alerts.

A few kilometers upstream, in Croismare, the river burst its banks, without causing significant damage, indicated Bruno Minutiello, president of the community of communes of the Territoire de Lunéville in Baccarat. “I remain on alert,” he nevertheless clarified.

New rains in Moselle

In the neighboring department of Moselle, the situation is “improving” and the number of interventions in progress is “decreasing” according to the prefecture, despite the flooding of the Nied river which has caused the department to also be classified as red alert, although the “peak” has “passed”.

The department has also been placed by Météo-France on yellow “rain-storm” vigilance. “This meteorological episode is likely to cause a rise in water levels” on Sunday noon, the prefecture anticipates.

“A risk of overflowing has been identified concerning the Salzbronn dike,” state services continue. “Around 130 people were evacuated as a preventive measure”, some had to be rehoused by the municipality and police patrols were organized in the evacuated neighborhoods.

Around 500 homes “remain without electricity”, particularly in the Bouzonville sector, again according to the prefecture, which however hopes for a restoration “at the end of the day”.

The Moselle experienced abundant rainfall on Friday, “the equivalent of more than a month of rain fell in less than 24 hours”, according to the prefecture. More than 1,000 firefighters and 642 engines were mobilized to respond to the emergency.

In the municipalities affected the day before by the floods, the services were engaged in pumping and cleaning operations.

“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,” explained Philippe Schutz, mayor of Boulay-Moselle. “In one square, the river put pressure on the walls which collapsed. We also have the department house which has its surrounding wall which was swept away.”

“Natural disaster”

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.

“The general trend is towards recession,” indicated the Bas-Rhin prefecture in a press release, still asking residents not to approach the watercourses.

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

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