“The regions of Ourthe and Famenne are very badly affected. Evacuations are still in progress this morning” details a press release from the governor of the province. Several villages in the north of the province are under water. This is particularly the case for the center of Durbuy, Bomal or even Barvaux, Hotton, La Roche and Rendeux. There is also significant flooding on the side of Aisnes, Weris, Morville.
According to forecasts, the level of the Ourthe could continue to rise until 3 p.m. On the side of Houffalize, upstream, the recession seems to be starting.
The mayor of Durbuy, Philippe Bontemps announces that reception centers for disaster victims are open at Bomal, at the School of the French Community, in Tohogne, at La Laiterie. The Barvaux reception center, with its old swimming pool, is currently inaccessible. The Communal House is still flooded and closed. The burgomaster asks the inhabitants not to move, to stay at home.
A request repeated with insistence by the governor and the emergency services. Residents are asked not to leave their homes, not to move around. In the areas hardest hit by the floods, people are asked to go upstairs to their homes.
As for Rendeux, the search to find the 15-year-old girl carried away by the Ourthe resumed this morning.
The south of the province also affected
La Chiers is also on flood alert. The governor’s statement explains that “This morning, the Chiers was also placed on flood alert. The greatest caution must therefore be exercised for all inhabitants of the municipalities in the south of the province. The weather forecasts are still worrying. The rain should fall continuously until ‘ see you tonight “.
On the Saint-Mard side, the new rest and care home “Les Oliviers” was affected by flooding on Wednesday evening. About fifteen centimeters. “Shortly before 7 p.m. last night, in just a few minutes, 10 to 15 cm of water flooded the ground floor of the brand new building inaugurated on June 23” communicates Vivalia. No casualties, only material damage.