July 24, 2021

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Underwater Spa City, a body found in Muse

The situation is likely to worsen in the coming hours as the weather forecast is that it will rain at least until Thursday evening.

Belgium is experiencing an episode of heavy rain, causing numerous rivers in Wallonia (French-speaking south) to overflow their beds, flooding the spa city of Spa on Wednesday in particular and evacuating hundreds of people.

According to local media, the body of a man was found in a museum near a lock in the town of Propondeville, south of Namur. The circumstances of the death were not immediately reported, but the muse was flooded. The tributaries of the river, the Lessy (south), the Everde and the Westray (southeast), were particularly high-flow. In Liege (East), police said several axles along the Muse border were closed to traffic. A cultural center has been opened to accommodate residents who are forced to leave their homes.

In addition, hundreds of scouts camped in Wallonia had to be evacuated and relocated from Tuesday night to Wednesday. “We are evacuating the scout camps one by one.”, RDL-TVI Corin Mullens, mayor of Rocheford (south), a tourist town where many rivers meet.

A spokesman for the Belgian Scouts, LN24 Gilles Beckers, a regular news channel, said it was concerned that a total of 120 camps had been evacuated or stumbled by the weather. Houses, cellars, flooded roads: The situation is likely to worsen in the coming hours as the weather forecast announces rain until Thursday evening.

Opens the valves

In the afternoon, officials in the province of Liege warned that the flow of the Westray could increase even more significantly as the gates of the two dams reached enrichment. Consequence: The residents of Saudfontaine on the banks of this waterway began to evacuate. The RTPF said the move would affect 1,700 people.

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The spa town, further east of the Liege region, warned on its website Wednesday, by email or phone, that the hypercentre would be inaccessible due to a power outage.

Video footage taken on the RTPF website showed city streets being turned into muddy streams. Many public services had to close their doors. Belgium is used for flooding. June 2016 was recognized by the Walloon region as a “disaster” in recognition of the right to exceptional compensation.

But this year the country has already been badly affected by the particularly rainy and bad weather in the summer.

Ten days ago, a 60-year-old man drowned in floodwaters not far from his home in Idre (center). His body was caught by a pipe and found in the Brussels-Charleroi Canal.