the rivers in the East are beginning to decline, the Bas-Rhin and the Moselle on orange vigilance – Libération

the rivers in the East are beginning to decline, the Bas-Rhin and the Moselle on orange vigilance – Libération
the rivers in the East are beginning to decline, the Bas-Rhin and the Moselle on orange vigilance – Libération

Torrential rains at the end of the week caused the rivers of Meurthe-et-Moselle, Moselle and Bas-Rhin to overflow, where a gradual return to normal was observed this Sunday, May 19.

The time is receding in the eastern departments of France. The municipalities affected on Saturday by floods after torrential rains observed, this Sunday, May 19, a gradual return to normal, according to the various elected officials interviewed. “The recession is well advanced, we are in the process of removing all the protective equipment,” rejoices Bruno Minutiello, president of the community of communes of the Territoire de Lunéville in Baccarat in Meurthe-et-Moselle, not mentioning any significant incident. The department has been downgraded by Météo-France to yellow vigilance.

This territory had been placed on red alert for a flood of the Vezouze, which had risen from its bed and reached 2.90 meters while it was still at 0.60 meters on Thursday. But it did not reach the level recorded during the 2006 floods, as had been feared. “The night was calm, no homes were flooded,” confirms the mayor of Lunéville, Catherine Paillard.

On the Moselle side, the Nieds, which had been placed on red alert, were downgraded to orange. “The decline happened with incredible speed. Today people are cleaning up, I think the prefect is going to issue a natural disaster order for the entire sector,” said René Kupperschmit, mayor of Filstroff, in Moselle. “The main street is free, the water has receded, all the homes are accessible, whereas yesterday people had 1.50 meters of water in their houses,” he added, referring to the provision of food to certain families by the local kayak club.

But further upstream, in Ancerville, the decline was not yet observed, the Nied Française reached 2.64 meters on Sunday morning, compared to 0.65 meters on Thursday. “The water still covers the two departmental roads about thirty centimeters high, the passage is very difficult. But the houses are not flooded, it mainly affects travel,” notes the mayor, Patrick Angelaud.

In Bas-Rhin, which has never gone beyond orange vigilance, “generally speaking, the decline is beginning on the majority of watercourses, even if certain sectors remain under surveillance”, indicates the prefecture in a press release. Around twenty departmental roads remain inaccessible, but “the situation is gradually returning to normal”. The prefect announced that she would support demands for recognition of the state of “natural disaster” by the affected municipalities.

A yellow alert for thunderstorms, however, concerns 76 departments on Sunday, including those in the Grand Est region, raising fears of new precipitation and new overflows on rivers already waterlogged.

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