Flooding as storms unleash torrent of rain
15 August 2006, BRUSSELS — Heavy rainfall on Monday afternoon and night caused flooding in various regions across Belgium.
15 August 2006
BRUSSELS — Heavy rainfall on Monday afternoon and night caused flooding in various regions across Belgium.
The coastal towns were the worst hit as 20 to 40lr of rain was recorded, flooding cellars and turning roads into rivers.
Fire brigade authorities received 80 calls for assistance.
Elsewhere, the industrial area in Mechelen was also hard hit as several streets were flooded. The fire brigade distributed sandbags in Willebroek and several streets were sealed off.
The province of Flemish Brabant was also affected, as several streams overflowed in Grimbergen and Londerzeel.
In the area around Leuven, several streets were flooded and a tree fell on electricity wires in Lubbeek.
Flooding was reported in Ukkel, Elsene and Sint-Genesius-Rode in Brussels, while problems were also reported in the province of Antwerp.
In East Flanders several streets were flooded in Ghent and Zwijnaarde.
Weather forecasts indicate unstable weather in coming days with periods of rain, storms and sun up until Saturday. Temperatures will hover at about 23 degrees Celsius.
[Copyright Expatica News 2006]
Subject: Belgian news