Flash floods sweep through parts of Limburg after torrential rain

Photo: Odi Busman
Photo: Odi Busman

People in southern parts of Limburg were clearing up the damage on Wednesday in the wake of major storms on Tuesday evening.

The heavy rainfall led to flash flooding in several towns and villages, as the drains struggled to deal with the amount of water which fell in a short space of time.

Up to 10 centimetres of rain fell in some parts of the province, washing away bits of the railway at the village of Eygelshoven, near Kerkrade, and damaging some of the track from Maastricht to Sittard.

According to weather forecaster Weeronline.nl, 87.2 millimeters of rain fell in Maastricht, of which 22 millimetres was recorded in just 10 minutes. This, Weeronline said, is a once in 50 year event.

The storm also caused problems in parts of Belgium, Germany and France.

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