Impressive images of the floods in Moselle

Impressive images of the floods in Moselle
Impressive images of the floods in Moselle

The Moselle is placed on red rain-flood alert. Meurthe-et-Moselle, Vosges and Bas-Rhin are still on orange alert, according to Météo France.

“In 20 years I have never seen this” : placed on red rain-flood alert until 10:00 p.m., the Moselle is faced with significant precipitation on Friday, forcing firefighters to carry out hundreds of interventions in municipalities where water sometimes reaches 40 centimeters high in the streets.

“I managed to get some of my tools out last night, but it’s a disaster: the water heater, the electrical panel, everything is flooded, nothing works anymore”laments to AFP Christian Vivin, resident of Boulay-Moselle for 12 years, noting his cellar submerged up to 2.40 m high. “There is water higher than me, this is the first time that this has happened to me. We had already had small problems with flooding and sewers, but not like this”he testifies.

Blocked streets

Several streets are blocked in this town of 5,000 inhabitants east of Metz, where firefighters are deployed in large numbers for pumping operations: the water already reaches the top of the car wheels and the rains continue. The town hall, like other buildings, is without electricity. “In 20 years I have never seen this, it has never been so intense here”, confirms Valérie Henrion. Located on the heights of the town, her house has so far been better preserved, but she is worried. “They are forecasting rain for several days, so it’s not going to stop anytime soon”she anticipates.

The Minister of the Interior, Gérald Darmanin, called on the Mosellans, on the social network “with the greatest caution and compliance with the instructions of the authorities”. The police are asking residents to stay at home and “raise valuables” to limit the damage, while not requiring the firefighters “only in case of real necessity”.

“Monitoring all night”

About thirty kilometers further north, in Sierck-les-Bains, an emergency accommodation center was set up in a gymnasium to accommodate victims after the flooding of the Ruisseau de Montenach, a tributary of the Moselle. The running water is cloudy and is unfit for consumption. “Around twenty people had to be evacuated, there was a strong outpouring of solidarity”greeted Mayor Helen Lambard-Hammond to AFP. “The stream remains violent, we will set up monitoring of the situation all night”.

According to a report communicated by the department’s firefighters, “nearly 177 municipalities are impacted”. The zone has expanded and concerns the sectors of Boulay, Saint-Avold, Sarreguemines and Bouzonville, they specify. “Residents in these areas should expect difficult weather conditions”. Around 650 firefighters were mobilized in the department, they carried out more than 740 operations during the day and continued their interventions in the evening. Météo-France reports a rainy episode “on a small north-eastern portion of the country” and classified the neighboring departments of Meurthe-et-Moselle, Vosges and Bas-Rhin under orange vigilance, in addition to Moselle in red until 10 p.m.

“The quantities of water expected during the episode are revised upwards. They will be of the order of 80 and 100 millimeters from the Thionville region to Hunchbacked Alsace. On the Bas-Rhin, accumulations of 70 to 90 mm are expected in the far north of the department, 40 and 70 mm further south.indicates the forecasting organization. “The rains will still continue and the rivers will still rise until the middle of the night. So we can’t say that the hardest part is over”pointed out prefect Laurent Touvet at the end of the afternoon. “The situation remains serious but is not dramatic”.

Gas networks cut

Part of the A4 motorway, linking Paris to Strasbourg, is closed to traffic, indicated the prefect on his X account, as are around thirty departmental roads, a portion of the A320 towards Germany and a segment of the A35 which crosses Alsace from north to south. In Bas-Rhin, the Diemeringen college was evacuated and around a hundred residents of the town were also sheltered and taken care of by civil protection. The gas networks were cut off as a safety measure. In this department, firefighters had carried out 189 interventions at the start of the evening according to the prefecture, mobilizing 150 firefighters and 68 engines. Around fifteen departmental roads are closed to traffic.

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