Europe 1 with AFP 4:31 p.m., November 29, 2021

An 88-year-old octogenarian was discovered dead Monday in her flooded cellar in Borre, in the North, placed in orange flood vigilance on Sunday.

According to the gendarmerie, this lady, "prone to discomfort, would have fallen on the stairs and drowned" in her cellar, where she was discovered in the morning.

According to the firefighters, the water had risen to a height of 80 cm in this cellar. 

An octogenarian was discovered dead Monday in her flooded cellar, in Borre, in the North, placed in flood orange vigilance on Sunday, we learned from the firefighters and the gendarmerie, confirming information from

La Voix du Nord

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"A fall in the stairs" of the cellar

According to the gendarmerie, this lady, "prone to discomfort, would have fallen on the stairs and drowned" in her cellar, where she was discovered in the morning. According to the firefighters, the water had risen to a height of 80 cm in this cellar. "This 88-year-old lady certainly wanted to check the water level in her cellar and she must have fallen and she could not get up, it's really very sad", told AFP the mayor of the village de Borre, Bernadette Popelier. However, "the village is not submerged in water," she stressed.

The Nord and Pas-de-Calais remained classified in flood orange vigilance Monday, until 6 a.m. Tuesday, the difficulties concentrating in the plain of the Lys.

"Following the rains since the night of Saturday to Sunday", the water levels of the Lys continue their rise started since Sunday morning.

"Even if the few additional precipitations that occurred this night from Sunday to Monday remained relatively weak, the upward trend should continue during this day of Monday", indicates the site of Vigicrues.

147 interventions in Pas-de-Calais

According to firefighters, in Vieux-Berquin, seven kilometers from Borre, the water level continued to rise on Monday and 10 houses were flooded with about 20 cm of water.

A little further south, in Merville, the water level reached 30 cm.

Drones were to be sent for reconnaissance operations.

Many departmental roads, impassable, were also cut Monday morning in the North due to bad weather, according to the departmental council.

In Pas-de-Calais, firefighters carried out 147 interventions related to bad weather on Sunday and Monday, according to the prefecture at midday Monday.

The bad weather also caused the interruption of rail traffic all morning between Béthune and Saint-Pol-sur-Ternoise, due to a flooded level crossing at Labeuvrière.

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