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Emergency services stretched to limit by flooding



CGDIS made an appeal via social media for people to only use the 112 hotline for real emergencies as its teams dealt with flood damage and helped evacuate residents. Mike Zenari (archives)

CGDIS made an appeal via social media for people to only use the 112 hotline for real emergencies as its teams dealt with flood damage and helped evacuate residents. Mike Zenari (archives)

The government activated its severe weather response plan after heavy rainfall across the grand duchy led to flooding of streets and property.

CGDIS emergency services teams were stretched to maximum capacity throughout the late afternoon and well into the early hours of Thursday as they were deployed to deal with flooding situations across the grand duchy. Given the scale of the emergency, they focused on the safety of people--several homes were made temporarily uninhabitable and residents were evacuated and rehoused by local authorities--as well as the protection of critical and strategic infrastructure.

Homes and cellars were flooded and in some neighbourhoods the power supply was affected. CGDIS had to appeal via social media for people to only use the 112 hotline for real emergencies.

The ministry of education has recommended parents seek information from local authorities on the opening of schools and reception facilities on Thursday.

The government’s crisis unit met at midnight last night to coordinate operations as part of its emergency severe weather response plan. The unit, chaired by interior minister Taina Bofferding included representatives of emergency services CGDIS, the high commission for national protection, the water management administration, the bridges and roads administration, the army and police, electricity supplier Creos, MeteoLux and the crisis communication service.

By 2am, MeteoLux was saying that though rain would continue to fall over the next few hours, it was easing off. However, river levels across Luxembourg were expected to continue to rise until Thursday afternoon. Information on the development of the situation is regularly updated on the flood warning website.

The government was urging residents of potentially flood-prone areas not to expose themselves to danger and to avoid flooded surfaces. Drivers were being told to adjust to the conditions and above all respect signs saying roads are blocked because of flooding.