Monday, November 15, 2010

The 2010 flood

For the past week or so, Belgium has faced heavy rainfall and subsequent floods in many areas. Among the provinces most affected were Limburg, East Flanders, Flemish Brabant and Walloon Brabant.

Deforestation and a high level of urbanisation make Belgium vulnerable to such floods, and hundreds of homes have been damaged by the water. The police and fire departments have been working around the clock, helping people protect their homes against the oncoming water and rescuing those who might have perished if left to themselves.

On Saturday I watched the Brussel-Charleroi canal rise up from its cement banks and inundate the towns on it, including Halle. My father-in-law-to-be was clever enough to save the event for posterity:

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Crime and punishment in Belgium

Three days ago I went to Halle to spend the day with with members of my family. While we were away, someone smashed the lock on the door, walked into our apartment and helped themselves to two laptop PCs.

Luckily, I still have my desktop computer, so now I can tell you a little bit about crime and punishment in Belgium. We'll start with the cops and finish with the robbers.