The North, placed in orange-flood vigilance since Sunday, deplores a first victim of bad weather. On the morning of Monday, November 29, the body of an octogenarian was discovered in Borre in her flooded cellar. Agence France-Presse, alerted by firefighters and gendarmes, relayed the information. The gendarmerie said the woman, “prone to discomfort, fell down the stairs and drowned” in her cellar, where the water had risen to 80 centimeters.
“She couldn’t get up”
“This 88-year-old lady certainly wanted to check the water level in her cellar and she must have fallen and she could not get up, it’s really very sad”, told AFP the mayor of the village. de Borre, Bernadette Popelier. Yet “the village is not submerged in water,” she said.
The Nord and Pas-de-Calais remained classified under raw orange vigilance Monday, until 6 a.m. Tuesday, the difficulties being concentrated in the plain of the Lys.
“Following the rains that have fallen since night from Saturday to Sunday,” the water levels of the Lys continue to rise since Sunday morning. “Even if the few additional precipitations which occurred this night from Sunday to Monday remained relatively weak, the upward trend should continue during this day of Monday”, indicates the site of Vigicrues.
According to firefighters, in Vieux-Berquin, seven kilometers from Borre, the water level continued to rise on Monday and ten houses were flooded with about 20 cm of water. A little further south, in Merville, the water level reached 30 cm. Drones were to be sent for reconnaissance operations.
Many departmental roads, impassable, were also cut Monday morning in the North due to bad weather, according to the departmental council. In Pas-de-Calais, firefighters carried out 147 interventions related to bad weather on Sunday and Monday, according to the prefecture at midday Monday. Bad weather also caused the interruption of rail traffic all morning between Béthune and Saint-Pol-sur-Ternoise, due to a flooded level crossing at Labeuvrière.