More than 400 mm in places: this is the cumulative rainfall in Pas-de-Calais between October 18 and November 9. The torrential rains which fell on the department from Tuesday November 7 should return this Sunday afternoon and at the start of the week. So schools and nurseries will still be closed Monday and Tuesday in 279 municipalities. “They will not provide teaching, but students can be welcomed there whenever this proves necessary, particularly for parents without childcare,” said the prefecture.
Pas-de-Calais returns this Monday, November 13, to orange rain-flood, violent winds and wave-submersion alert. The prefecture expects 15 mm of precipitation during the day, as much during the night from Sunday to Monday. Rains which will fall on saturated soils and will contribute a little more to the rise of watercourses.
According to the prefecture, 1,272 homes are still without electricity this Sunday, November 12, and nearly “6,000 customers are impacted in mobile relays”. Rail traffic remains interrupted on two sections (Boulogne-Etaples and Saint-Pol-Etaples), with no resumption date for the moment. Around sixty roads are also still cut.
Around 250 municipalities have been or are still affected by flooding, sometimes in dramatic conditions, particularly around Saint-Omer and Montreuil. More than 150 of them have already filed a file to be recognized as a natural disaster. The decision is expected on Tuesday.