Bad weather: risk of “critical flooding” in Flemish Brabant

IThere could be “critical floods” in the province of Flemish Brabant along the Winghe and the Fleppe (Velpe), two tributaries of the Démer, warned the Waterinfo website, managed in particular by the Flemish Water Agency. environment. Water levels continue to rise along the two Brabant rivers. “The peak is expected during the evening, potentially leading to critical flooding,” according to Waterinfo.

Precipitation – with a risk of intense showers – is forecast again in the east of the country on Saturday afternoon. “Due to the saturation of the soil, the watercourses react very strongly, vigilance therefore remains strongly recommended throughout Flanders”, we can read on the website.

The provincial crisis management phase lifted in the province of Liège

The governor of the province of Liège Hervé Jamar, for his part, decided to lift the provincial phase of crisis management which had been triggered Friday evening due to severe weather, he reported on Saturday, shortly before noon.

A general assessment of the situation was carried out during a crisis meeting organized shortly after 9 a.m. with representatives from different rescue and intervention disciplines. It turns out that the water level is falling everywhere. The Walloon Region also considers that the rains forecast for Saturday afternoon should not have a significant impact on waterways in the province of Liège, notes the governor.

Firefighters have been carrying out pumping missions since 8 a.m., mainly in the town of Dalhem, and numerous cleaning operations are underway in various areas, adds Hervé Jamar.

In terms of mobility, the E25 motorway near Visé was reopened around 7:30 a.m. Except for the center of Dalhem as well as Rue de Tilff in Liège, most of the traffic lanes are now open. On the basis of these different elements and in agreement with the services concerned, the governor therefore decided to lift the provincial crisis management phase at 10 a.m.

In Les Fourons, the water rose to a meter high

The crisis unit of the Limburg municipality of Fourons met on Saturday morning to deal with the worst flooding since 2021. Firefighters and civil protection developed a plan for the pumping work while an emergency generator was installed. installed in the Mouland village to recharge smartphones, it was decided. The container park is open on Saturday morning, but only for residents affected by the floods.

The SK Moelingen football field, this Saturday, May 18. – AFP

The water rose to at least a meter in height in around a hundred houses in Fourons during the night from Friday to Saturday. Five hundred families were deprived of electricity.

For pumping work, main streets and thoroughfares receive priority. All roads will be inspected for safety and stability and then cleared.

Les Fourons, this Saturday May 18. -Belga.

Several teams from firefighters and civil protection will be responsible for pumping and clearing debris and mud, for which they will use bulldozers. Cellars and garages with an odor of fuel oil or a visible trace of fuel oil in the water cannot yet be drained and must first be inspected by the fire brigade.

To restore power to Mouland, Fluvius must clean several electrical cabins and pull additional cables. Electricity should be back by early afternoon at the earliest. In the meantime, an emergency generator has been installed on Rue du Village. However, it is only reserved for recharging the smartphones of the people concerned, underlines the municipality of Fourons. The electrical boxes in the house that were flooded must remain/be turned off, she still insists. For safety reasons, only Fluvius is authorized to turn the main switch back on.

Photo taken at Les Fourons, this Saturday May 18.
Photo taken at Les Fourons, this Saturday May 18. -Belga.

Waste containers will be installed in Mouland during the afternoon. The recyparc is open today until noon, but only for people affected by the floods. Finally, the sewers will also be cleared of debris again and civil protection will provide a large quantity of construction site dryers. Once the water recedes, they will be distributed to affected houses.

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