Heavy rain causes flooding in south

Heavy rain in the south of the country on Saturday led to localised flooding in places and put officials on high alert as the level of the Maas river rose.


The rain is set to continue in the south and in Belgium on Sunday but then tail off.
In the area between Eindhoven and Venray, some 60 milimetres of rain fell over a 24-hour period, Nos tv said.
Fields
In the east of Noord Brabant province, the local water board has deliberately flooded fields the size of 50 football pitches to ease pressure on the river.
A number of roads have been flooded in the more hilly regions of Limburg and the fire brigade has been busy pumping out flooded cellars all over the region.
The problem has been made worse because storm drains have become blocked by autumn leaves.
Sandbags are being used in several areas to keep water at bay.
Baarlo
In the northern Limburg town of Baarlo, where three small rivers meet, flooding is widespread. The stream that cuts through the town has widened from two to 50 metres, Nos tv reports.
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