Floods in Luxembourg and Belgium

The floods that hit Luxembourg and Belgium on the evening of July 14th, 2021, caught me in Esneux, Belgium, close to Spa and Liege, one of the worst affected areas.

Trying to get out of the incredibly long queues on the few roads still opened, I was redirected by the GPS 6 times and spent several hours in traffic (for a trip that should have lasted one hour). At one point, the GPS told be to take a left on this street:

It didn’t seem like a good idea, so I tried another route, but not before taking a few pictures:

Back in Luxembourg, things started to cool down, but I’ve heard that Echternach was flooded really hard, so I went there to see what’s happening. I have never seen the town of Echternach like this ever before:

These are football fields, completely flooded:

And this is from the centre:

The things are starting to get back to normal now, at least for the people unaffected by the floods. Those who have been affected will need a long time to recover their losses, if they can be recovered.

However, from my experience, if the water found its way through those areas, it will happen again at some point in the future, unless we take action to prevent it.