On Friday, soldiers repaired a flood embankment in the municipality of Meerssen in the south of the Netherlands, which had previously been broken by water. However, many residents of nearby towns were evacuated. From the hill’s edge, residents nervously watched as their homes in the valley could be flooded, local media reported.
Floods devastating the southern Netherlands for two days forced thousands of Maastricht residents to evacuate during the night from Thursday to Friday. The Dutch website NU tells the story of Kimberley, the mother of a little boy, who was in a hurry to pack bags of clean clothes, food, drinks and diapers in connection with the announcement of the evacuation of Limburg.
“The flight alarm went off half an hour earlier. She had already considered that she would have to flee, but she did not expect it to happen so quickly” – wrote the portal.
“I don’t know when I’ll see my house again”
Residents of villages located in the municipality of Meerssen in the south of the Netherlands were evacuated as a matter of urgency on Friday. From the edge of the hill, they watched as their homes in the valley could be flooded. – We feel powerless. When I went upstairs, I realized that I do not know when I will see my house again – one of them told the local media.
Journalists pointed out that not everyone complied with calls for evacuation. “The man stands in the yard and makes a dike about 30 centimeters high with stones. He says that he has lived in Maastricht for a long time and is convinced that everything will end well, because his house is higher” – reported NU.
On Friday, soldiers repaired a flood embankment in the municipality of Meerssen, which had previously been broken by water. – We were happy in the morning that the situation was starting to stabilize. But if the channel breaks? Pierre Nijsten, 63, wondered.
“After a while, a friend arrived who started shouting that you really need to run away. Nijsten and his friends jumped into the car and left the area of the potential catastrophe” – the portal said.
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