The situation is currently stable in the Westhoek, but a lot of rain is expected in the coming hours. Extra pumps and extra sandbags should keep the situation under control. The governor convened the provincial crisis cell this morning.
“Additional pumping capacity is on the way, so that as much as possible can be discharged at the De Ganzepoot lock complex in Nieuwpoort, regardless of low and high tide,” says Decaluwé.
“It is not easy to install sixteen-ton pumps there. The ambition is to be operational within ten hours. Additional pump capacity will also be added near the Veurne lock to take away the pressure.”
The mayor of Poperinge Christof Dejaegher (CD&V) reports tonight that the situation is under control for the time being.
“The weather forecasts are better than initially thought. If it continues to rain this steadily, I think it will not be too bad tonight and tonight. We do not yet know what the effect of the serious problems in France will be. The peak moment is expected on Friday morning. Perhaps the level of the IJzer in the border village of Roesbrugge will then flirt with the alarm threshold. That continues to worry us,” says Dejaegher.