Downpours fell on Belgium at the end of the day on Tuesday, June 29. The result: flooded roads, accumulating mud and sometimes impressive images.
The bad weather particularly hit the towns of Hannut, Wasseiges, Oreye and even Lincent. Several streets were flooded and firefighters in the Hesbaye emergency zone indicated in the evening that they were overwhelmed by calls. They already counted about seventy interventions at 10 p.m.
“Our city has been strongly impacted by thunderstorms in recent hours. All of our response teams are in the field and are working hard to meet the most urgent needs.“, could we read this Tuesday evening on the Facebook page of the city of Hannut.
More than 300 interventions were recorded Tuesday evening for floods in the east of Walloon Brabant, we learned from the Brabant Walloon relief zone.
The heavy precipitation which fell in the province of Walloon Brabant strongly mobilized the firefighters, mainly those of the stations of Jodoigne and Wavre. The entities of Court-Saint-Étienne, Jodoigne, Orp-Jauche, Wavre and Mont-Saint-Guibert were particularly affected.
“Torrent of mud in our street, in Court-Saint-Etienne, under a violent storm“, reported a resident on Facebook who shared the video below.
Dwellings, cellars and roads were flooded there in large numbers. Located along the Chaussée de Charleroi, the Jodoignoise rest home “Le Cèdre bleu” was partially flooded. The 59 residents did not ultimately have to be evacuated, said mayor Jean-Luc Meurice and the Jodoigne fire brigade commander in the evening.
The Walloon Brabant sappers were still busy on the ground around 11 p.m. In the annexed province of Flemish Brabant, several municipalities were also affected by bad weather. The municipal phases of the disaster plan were triggered in Rhodes-Saint-Genèse and Hérinnes for flooding in multiple streets and homes. Roads were also under water in Alsemberg, Landen and Zoutleeuw.
Disaster plan triggered in Sint-Truiden in Limburg
A disaster plan was triggered in the city of Sint-Truiden, in the province of Limburg, due to heavy rains, confirmed the acting mayor Jelle Engelbosch (N-VA). Hundreds of calls were received by firefighters, for flooded garages and cellars.
The precipitation caused flooding in various places in the province of Limburg. The streets of the city center of Sint-Truiden, but also of neighboring entities were under water.
“The municipal disaster plan has just been approved and will be coordinated by the fire station. More than a hundred calls were received“, said Engelbosch.
In the west of the province, the rescue zone also received more than 300 calls around 7:30 p.m. due to bad weather, mainly for Lanaken, Bilzen, Genk and Houthalen-Helchteren.
Orange alert until 3 a.m.
The provinces of Liège, Hainaut, Namur and Luxembourg switch to orange alert for thunderstorms Tuesday evening, warned the Royal Meteorological Institute (IRM) at the end of the afternoon. This color code should be maintained until 3 a.m. for these regions. Flanders, Brussels and Walloon Brabant remain on yellow alert.