Storms across Belgium cause flight disruptions and flooding
Violent storms which battered the country on Wednesday night caused six flight cancellations and twenty flight delays at Brussels Airport due to worries about aircraft and runway safety.
Twenty other flights due to land at Zaventem had to be redirected to other airports.
Storms and lightning pose risks not only for those who work on the runway but for the aircraft, which cannot be connected to airport buildings, explained a spokesperson. “Such a situation only arises once or twice a year,” he added.
Across the country, emergency services received calls about flooded cellars and electricity problems because of the lightning. Roofs were also damaged after water seeped through.
Firemen in Brussels received hundreds of emergency calls, although no major intervention was needed. There were no fires due to lightning.
However, roads were closed, streets flooded, traffic was reduced to two lanes on the motorways and tunnels were filled with water. The unrelenting rain made driving difficult and dangerous during the night.