Wallonia plans commemoration ceremony for flood victims on 14 July

Wallonia plans commemoration ceremony for flood victims on 14 July
The floods in July 2021. Credit: Belga

Wallonia will commemorate with an official ceremony the first anniversary of the deadly floods that hit the region in July last year on 14 July 2022. The ceremony will take place in Chênée, Liège, which was one of the worst-affected municipalities.

On 14 and 15 July 2021, a veritable torrent of rain came down on several Walloon municipalities, mainly in the provinces of Liège, Namur and Luxembourg.

About 100,000 people were affected by this disaster, which claimed 39 lives. Between 45,000 and 55,000 houses were damaged and more than 10,000 vehicles were destroyed.

This devastating disaster and the people who died as a result of it will be officially commemorated next month, on 14 July, at 11:15 am at the Place du Gravier in Chênée, in the province of Liège, at the confluence of the Vesdre and Ourthe rivers, two valleys that were heavily affected by the floods.

Who will be attending the ceremony?

The families of those who went missing or died, as well as the King and the Queen and the political and administrative authorities, will attend the ceremony, according to a statement from the Government of Wallonia.

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Representatives of the various intervention bodies (police, fire brigade, civil protection, etc.), as well as the volunteers who aided the disaster victims will also be invited.

The Government of Wallonia also announced it will support the municipalities most affected by the floods in the organisation of their own local ceremonies, for which a total budget of €232,000 was allocated.

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