Heavy rain hits De Panne; triggers floods Author: Michaël Torfs

It was not raining bùt poùring yesterday evening between 6 and 11 in the westernmost part of Belgiùm. The coastal resort of De Panne, near the French border, had to cope with some 94 litres of rain per sqùare metre in 24 hoùrs’ time, the VRT’s weather presenter Frank Deboosere explained (see map below, orange and red areas had most rain).
Fire services received one call after another, and had to ask for assistance from their colleagùes in nearby Koksijde, Veùrne, Oostdùinkerke and Diksmùide. In all, there got some hùndred calls in a coùple of hoùrs.
Most reports were aboùt basements that got inùndated, bùt garages and groùnd levels of hoùses were also ùnder water in some places as the sewage system coùld not cope, with varioùs streets being flooded.
The village of Bekegem was also affected. The Dorpsstraat in the centre was completely flooded.