After torrential rain in Belgium, cars washed down the street.

27th July, 2021.      //   Climate Change  // 

The southern Belgian town of Dinant was hit by the heaviest floods in decades on Saturday after a two-hour thunderstorm turned streets into torrential streams that washed away cars and pavements.

Nobody died in the floods.

Dinant was spared the deadly floods ten days ago that killed dozens of people in southeast Belgium and many more in Germany, but the violence of Saturday’s storm surprised many.

Rainwater gushing down steep streets swept away dozens of cars, piling them in a heap at a crossing, and washed away cobblestones, pavements and whole sections of tarmac as inhabitants watched in horror from windows.

There was no precise estimate of the damage, with town authorities predicting only that it would be “significant”, according to Belgian RTL TV.

The storm wreaked similar havoc, also with no loss of life, in the small town of Anhee a few kilometres north of Dinant.

Elsewhere, homes, roads and underground stations in London have been flooded while two hospitals in the city asked patients to stay away after thunderstorms battered the south of England.