Floods in Belgium, torrential rains also in France and Germany

Floods in Belgium, torrential rains also in France and Germany
Floods in Belgium, torrential rains also in France and Germany

The Liège region in eastern Belgium was hit overnight from Friday to Saturday by flooding caused by torrential rains which also caused damage in France and Germany.

Some 550 requests for intervention were recorded during the night from Friday to Saturday in the province of Liège, and 150 firefighters were mobilized, Governor Hervé Jamar said on Saturday morning, adding that no injuries or victims were to be reported.

“These interventions mainly consisted of pumping operations, which were interrupted in the middle of the night and resumed this morning (Saturday), where it remains necessary,” his services said in a press release.

Water was falling everywhere on Saturday morning, they said, stressing that emergency services continued to closely monitor the situation.

Water “up to chest height”

In the commune of Fourons (north-east), the water rose “up to chest height” in certain houses, according to mayor Joris Gaens, quoted by the Belga press agency.

Across the border, in the Dutch province of Limburg, two campsites were evacuated on Saturday morning due to the risk of flooding, local authorities reported.

In southwestern Germany, several hundred people had to be evacuated and a power plant shut down, authorities and local media said on Friday night.

In France, the Moselle department (north-east) was placed on alert for the risk of flooding in the early hours of Saturday by Météo-France.

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