Two days after the floods, clean-up operations continue in Hannut. Firefighters still have work to do. Insurers too. Some houses even threaten to collapse.
Many Belgians are still in the water and mud on Tuesday. 48 hours after the floods, we are very far from having cleaned everything up, especially in the municipality of Hannut. The firefighters did not stop and the residents are busy building up their insurance file. In all, 5 buildings are at risk of collapsing on the entity. It is therefore impossible to enter it. “We called on a stability engineer directly who took the consultations and the precautionary measures”, underlines Yves Paquot, commander of the firefighters in the Hesbaye rescue zone. “The inhabitants are rehoused with their respective families”he adds.
Sofa, boxes or washing machine,… the municipal workers picked up the damaged furniture at a frantic pace. “We are on our 8th van. Since this morning, it’s been going all over the place”, one of them tells us.
The floods affected 7 of the 13 villages in the municipality of Hannut. In some streets, they have ravaged everything. Two days later, Vincent estimates the damage for his insurer. “It goes up very quickly. I will send the photos and my insurer will see if it passes or not”he says.
License plate torn off and branches stuck in the suspension, Sylvain’s car is immobilized. “I’m impatiently waiting for the convenience store and a replacement vehicle with it. The problem is that they are overwhelmed given the number of vehicles on the street”he says.
Annoyed, local residents point to the development of vegetable crops to the detriment of cereals which retain more water. “The problem is much bigger when there are potatoes. Mud and water cause the volume to be tripled”says a resident of the town.
After a break at 2 a.m. last night, firefighters are once again active on the open roads. “We pick up all the mud on the road, and we scratch because it sticks really well to the ground level. If we don’t do that, we simply risk an accident”, explains Michael Nobels, firefighter at the Hesbaye rescue zone.
In total, nearly 200 interventions were recorded.