Flanders flooding fears subside

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5 July 2005, BRUSSELS — Despite the fact water levels reached alarming levels in several Flemish watercourses on Monday, there is no real danger of flooding, the Hydrological Information Centre (HIC) said. Alarm levels were reached in various Flemish watercourses at 2pm on Monday and continued to rise at two locations. Elsewhere, guard levels were reached and also continued to rise.

5 July 2005

BRUSSELS — Despite the fact water levels reached alarming levels in several Flemish watercourses on Monday, there is no real danger of flooding, the Hydrological Information Centre (HIC) said.
 
Alarm levels were reached in various Flemish watercourses at 2pm on Monday and continued to rise at two locations. Elsewhere, guard levels were reached and also continued to rise.

The Belgian military was eventually deployed to combat problems as streets and houses were flooded from storm water run-off and will remain at the disposal of authorities in coming days.

"The water is now flowing away, but we must take care that the bigger rivers do not breach their banks," West Flanders governor Paul Breyne told newspaper 'De Standaard'.

The most critical location is the area around the Begoniastraat in Loppem, where a stream and a water reservoir have overflowed.

However, houses and streets at most other places across the West Flanders province are now dry and the situation appears to have stabilised.

Consequently, HIC spokeswoman Katrien van Eerdenbrugh dismissed fears of widespread flooding, newspaper 'Het Laatste Nieuws' reported on Tuesday.

"If the guard level is reached, it means we have to keep a close eye on the situation," she said, adding that if the alarm level is reached, the water level must then be watched day and night.

And despite the fact the alarm level was reached on Monday, it doesn't mean there is a real danger of rivers overflowing.

"Given that the really heavy rainfall is past, there will most probably be no flooding," Van Eerdenbrugh said.

[Copyright Expatica News 2005]

Subject: Belgian news

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