In Liège, torrential rains and floods cause hundreds of firefighters to intervene

In Liège, torrential rains and floods cause hundreds of firefighters to intervene
In Liège, torrential rains and floods cause hundreds of firefighters to intervene

AFP

On red alert, the Moselle in the grip of flooding

“In 20 years I have never seen this”: placed on red rain-flood alert until 10 p.m., the Moselle is faced with significant precipitation on Friday, forcing firefighters to carry out hundreds of interventions in the municipalities where the “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 there 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 up “For me, it’s 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. Several streets are blocked in this town. 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 announcing rain for several days, so it’s not about to stop,” she anticipates. The Minister of the Interior, Gérald Darmanin, called on the Mosellans, on the social network the greatest caution and compliance with the instructions of the authorities. The police are asking residents to stay at home, and to “elevate valuable objects” to limit damage, while only calling on the firefighters “in case of real necessity”. – “The rains will continue ” -According to a report communicated by the department’s firefighters, “nearly 177 municipalities are impacted”. The area has expanded and concerns the sectors of Boulay, Saint-Avold, Sarreguemines and Bouzonville, they specify. “Residents in these areas must expect difficult weather conditions.” “We have received more than 2,000 calls throughout the department. There are currently 740 interventions, 650 firefighters have been mobilized since this morning with numerous vehicles, numerous pumping means as well and specialized teams”, declared to AFP Jérôme Boulanger, deputy departmental director of Sdis 57.Météo-France reports a rainy episode “on a small northern portion east of the country” and has classified the neighboring departments of Meurthe-et-Moselle, Vosges and Bas-Rhin under orange vigilance, in addition to Moselle in red.” The quantities of water expected during the episode are revised to the increase They will be of the order of 80 and 100 millimeters from the region of Thionville to Alsace bossue. 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 continue and the rivers will still rise until the middle of the night. So we cannot 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.”Météo-France should abandon red vigilance at 10:00 p.m. – College evacuated – Part of the A4 motorway, linking Paris to Strasbourg, is closed to traffic, indicated the prefect on his X account, as well as around thirty departmental roads, as well as a portion of the A320 towards Germany, and the A35 which crosses Alsace from north to south. According to the Républicain Lorrain, parents of students were called to collect their children from several schools or colleges, such as in Bouzonville or Falck. The Diemeringen college, in Bas-Rhin, had to be evacuated, and access to the village was all cut off. In this department, around a hundred emergency interventions were underway at 3:30 p.m., according to the prefecture , in particular for “clearing the roads”, mobilizing 120 firefighters and 50 machines. Around ten departmental roads are cut off to traffic. The peak of the flood is expected at the end of the day and during the night.mlx-apz/bdx. /fan

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