Severe weather. The decline continues in the north of Alsace, but orange vigilance remains in force

10:50 a.m. – Many homes without gas or electricity in Herbitzheim

According to the mayor of Herbitzheim, Michel Kuffler, the water level in his town has been falling since Saturday afternoon, especially since it did not rain in the village last night. Firefighters are currently working to install fuel oil barriers to prevent pollution. The mayor is hopeful that the road will be completely cleared by this evening, and that cleaning will begin on Monday. Currently 400 homes are without gas, and a large part of the town without electricity.


10:30 a.m. – Activity resumes little by little

One day flooded, the next day open to the public: the announced reopening of the Ernst Flowers greenhouses, from this Sunday, illustrates the activity which is gradually resuming in the flooded areas, but also the exceptional mobilization which made it possible to cope with the ‘event.

On its Facebook page, the establishment thanks the staff who were on the bridge, the customers who supported it, and especially the firefighters who deployed their pumps to evacuate the water in Hattmatt.

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The prefect of Bas-Rhin during her visit to Diemeringen, at the height of the floods. Photo Thomas Lepoutre

The prefect of Bas-Rhin during her visit to Diemeringen, at the height of the floods. Photo Thomas Lepoutre


10 a.m. – A meeting to prepare “after”

While the flow of water reveals the extent of the material damage, a meeting has already been organized to take stock of the situation and prepare compensation and repairs, announces the prefect of Bas-Rhin, Josiane. Knight. This “monitoring committee” bringing together the mayors of the municipalities concerned, representatives of local authorities, the State, consular chambers and insurance companies, will be held on Wednesday May 22.

Its road map will be “on the one hand to carry out an inventory of the consequences of the flood episode and on the other hand, to organize a rapid response to guarantee the return to normal activities of municipalities, impacted businesses and residents, in particular by mobilizing insurance and the natural disaster recognition system,” summarizes the prefecture.

The decline does not yet mean that the event is behind us. This Sunday morning, the Reichstett football field woke up with its feet in water, as we can see in this photo taken by Mayor Georges Schuler. DR

The decline does not yet mean that the event is behind us. This Sunday morning, the Reichstett football field woke up with its feet in water, as we can see in this photo taken by Mayor Georges Schuler. DR

Many roads remain wet this morning. Archive photo Cédric Joubert, Friday in Hangwiller

Many roads remain wet this morning. Archive photo Cédric Joubert, Friday in Hangwiller


9:40 a.m. – Many roads still blocked

This Sunday morning, at the start of the day, around twenty roads are still impassable due to flooding, reports the prefecture.

• D919 / D823 between Diemeringen and Waldhambach
• D28 between Soultz-sous-Forêts and Kutzenhausen
• D326 to Val-de-Moder
• D919 between Adamswiller and Diemeringen
• D76 to Hoffen
• D67 between Ingenheim and Wilwisheim
• D421 to Mommenheim
• D800 at the corner of the D723
• D919 at the corner of the D252
• D107 to Weyer
• D919 to Diemeringen
• D96 to the Bischstroff Bridge on Sarre
• D153 between Harskirchen and Bonnefontaine
• D33 between Herbitzheim and Kalhausen
• D723 in Mertzwiller
• D919 between Herbitzheim and Saint-Michel
• D738 between Herbitzheim and Sarralbe and between Herbitzheim and Keskastel
• D139 between Bischwiller and Marienthal
• D70 between Mutzenhouse and Schwindratzheim
• D332 between Mommenheim and Waltenheim-sur-Zorn
• D58 to Krautwiller
• D263 between Brumath and Kriegsheim or Eckwersheim
• D104 between Buhl and Hatten
• D29 at the motorway exit towards Bischwiller
• Traffic is also likely to be disrupted in Geudertheim, where Zorn got out of bed at midnight

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Last night at midnight, the D223 was cut at the entrance to Geudertheim coming from Hoerdt. Water rose in the main street over a length of 20 meters, without requiring evacuation

For firefighters, interventions will continue this Sunday with the exhaustion of flooded cellars and basements. Photo Roméo Boetzlé

For firefighters, interventions will continue this Sunday with the exhaustion of flooded cellars and basements. Photo Roméo Boetzlé


Natural disaster: support from the prefecture

9:30 a.m. – Firefighters still at work

Despite the lull, the Bas-Rhin has still not turned the page on floods, recalls the prefecture. In addition to maintaining the orange alert, the water level remains locally high, and disturbances remain.

“The firefighters, police and gendarmerie remain fully mobilized to ensure the safety of citizens,” details the prefectural press release. As the flood begins, firefighters will be able to carry out exhaustion measurements in cellars and basements. »

As we anticipated yesterday, “given the impact of the floods on homes and businesses, the affected municipalities, including Diemeringen, will be able to submit a request for recognition as a natural disaster and will receive the support of the prefect of Bas-Rhin” , concludes the prefecture.

The level of the Eichel has fallen significantly since Friday (here in Diemeringen), but the river remained on orange alert this Sunday morning. Photo Cédroc Joubert

The level of the Eichel has fallen significantly since Friday (here in Diemeringen), but the river remained on orange alert this Sunday morning. Photo Cédroc Joubert


Orange vigilance maintained

8am.One weather watch can hide another

After the exceptional floods which submerged several sectors of northern Alsace on Friday, the decline continues, but several rivers remain under close surveillance, justifying the maintenance of the Bas-Rhin on orange vigilance, details this Sunday morning the Vigicrues service.

The Bas-Rhin notably remains on orange alert due to the level of the Eichel. In one of the hardest hit municipalities, Diemeringen, the Saar tributary reached a level of 3.40 m at the height of the event on Friday evening, and remained at 2.08m this Sunday morning, compared to 0.67m before the flood.

Zorn, Zinsel and Moder, who had also gotten out of bed, are also continuing their decline and are now on yellow alert. Furthermore, all of Alsace, like three quarters of France, is on yellow alert this Sunday for storms from midday, indicates Météo France.

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