Storm Henk causes damage and disruption in Belgium

Storm Henk caused widespread damage and traffic disruption in Belgium on Wednesday, after claiming the life of a 59-year-old woman the day before.

In the Antwerp municipalities of Sint-Katelijne-Waver and Putte, a landspout tore several roofs off houses and garden sheds, which landed in gardens and fields and on the road.

Several rivers and watercourses have burst their banks, especially in Wallonia, where a dozen watercourses were still on alert for flooding on Wednesday afternoon. 

The situation also remains critical in the province of East Flanders on the Leie and Dender rivers and several unnavigable watercourses. Seven houses were evacuated in Geraardsbergen on Wednesday morning as water levels continued to rise.

Local authorities in Flemish Brabant said the flooding situation remained serious in several municipalities. Liedekerke station closed at 19.00 for the evening due to flooding.

The storm caused one death in Belgium on Tuesday evening. In the East Flemish village of Lembeke, a 59-year-old woman was killed when she was hit by a blown down iron fence.


Flooding after heavy rains in Zandbergen, East Flanders, on 3 January 2024 © BELGA PHOTO KURT DESPLENTER

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