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:


Behind the fence on the left you can see the original run of the canal. The rest is a road.

The flood threatens the Delhaize store in downtown Halle.

This was uploaded from Nederzwalm in East Flanders yesterday.


As I write this, the floods have begun to recede. The sun is out. Let us hope the skies stay clear for a while.

Links:
De Morgen slideshow from the flood, part 1
De Morgen slideshow from the flood, part 2

2 comments:

  1. Very well written! Yeah, Belgium definitely is a country full of action and adventure. Too bad it's all been against us lately =( But as you said, the sun is out again. Let's hope for good luck from now on :)
    Ps. next time there is a flood, let's go rafting :D

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