In Pepinster, one of the municipalities most affected by the floods, demolition work began at the end of September. The work will last several weeks and concerns around forty houses, where the damage is irreparable.
The community also started to stabilise a working surface to allow the 50-tonne crane, with a 21-metre boom, to be safe, to proceed with the demolition of the affected buildings. In the meantime, many volunteers from the Workers’ Party PvdA have continued to get involved and have put their hands at the disposal of people who are really struggling, and for whom insurance companies are shamefully unwilling to step into the breach with immediate and speedy payment.
Several volunteers who are still working on the ground testify abo
ut the fear among the inhabitants of the dark winter ahead.
“People are at the end of their tether. They tell me about their suicidal tendencies. This winter there are going to be deaths again. I predict it.”
says a worried volunteer.
Several residents of the district find it very hard how so many years of a life was sdestructed in such a short time. Philippe Laboury, tears in his voice says:
“It’s all the memories that were inside. It’s not easy every day, even if I was lucky enough to find a place to live, to start something else. It’s really painful.
The same goes for Camille Brisbois:
“It’s a very hard blow. And there’s the fear that, financially, we’ll be the ones to lose out.
In the Flemish media, the floods of 14 and 15 July are less and less present. But three months after the water disaster, the needs in the Vesdre valley remain high. The many citizens who have still a house, but often still no gas and electricity are sitting in deep shit, winter at the door.
Our volunteers tell us how the mental state of the residents on the ground is deteriorating and how they feel left out by the Belgian government. It is a good thing our people who have been there for ten weeks now, have developed a bond of trust.