Army combats flooding in West Flanders
4 July 2005, BRUSSELS — The Belgian army was deployed in West Flanders on Monday to combat flooding caused by a severe thunderstorm.
4 July 2005
BRUSSELS — The Belgian army was deployed in West Flanders on Monday to combat flooding caused by a severe thunderstorm.
The use of the military became possible after authorities announced the provincial disaster plan had been moved into phase three.
West Flanders governor Paul Breyne was in charge of co-ordinating the military response. He urged farmers to move their livestock to higher ground.
Breyne also said the stormy weather should be officially recognised by the government disaster fund as a natural disaster.
He promised every effort will be devoted to submitting damages claims to authorities for recognition from the disaster fund.
This will probably apply to the entire West Flanders region, newspaper 'De Tijd' reported on Monday.
A severe thunderstorm hit West Flanders on Sunday night and moved across to East Flanders overnight. A weakened storm front then moved onto Antwerp on Monday morning.
Flooding, damage and lightening-sparked fires were reported across a large region of Flanders. The heaviest-hit region in West Flanders was around Ieper and Roeselare and in Meetjesland in East Flanders.
As the storm moved across the country on Monday, only a limited amount of flooding damage was reported in Antwerp. Most of the rain fell in the north of the province.
Several cellars and streets were flooded in Hoboken, Hemiksem, Aartselaar and Boom.
Despite the fact it had rained heavily in East Brabant from 10am onwards on Monday, only a few reports of damages were lodged with authorities, a federal police officer in Leuven said.
[Copyright Expatica News 2005]
Subject: Belgian news