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Blendecques, January 4, 2024.

“No one is going to forget you. » Barely appointed prime minister on Tuesday January 9, Gabriel Attal immediately went to Pas-de-Calais to meet those affected by the floods of early January, who had already been hit hard in November. “We are with you and I will obviously follow all of this very closely”, he declared to a shopkeeper he met in Clairmarais, stories Agence France-presse. Their toes in boots for 3 months, the residents are at their wits’ finish, and they’re searching for these accountable. Emmanuel Macron is nicely conscious of this, and urges his ministers to behave.

Gabriel Attal confirmed to elected officers, throughout a gathering, the removing of the double insurance coverage deductible for households and companies already affected by the tip of 2023. As introduced then, not less than 50 million euros can be mobilized for the reconstruction of public amenities. The emergency fund for farmers and market gardeners can be bolstered: the help ceiling can be elevated to twenty,000 euros.

This journey, which Elisabeth Borne was initially presupposed to make, can be an indication addressed to elected officers. In the Aa delta, overwhelmed by water for 3 months, it isn’t good to be mayor. “‘Elected officials don’t do anything’, we hear it all the time. However, since November, I can assure you that I am 200%”, affirms Estelle Doutriaux, unofficial metropolis councilor of Bourthes. Thursday January 4, in entrance of the cameras, Rachid Ben Amor, the mayor of Blendecques, admitted his dismay. “People are disgusted, because they always think it’s the fault of elected officials…he sighed, between annoyance and resignation. If there is water, it’s the elected officials, eh…”

“Water runoff is not controlled”

The Aa maritime plain is a polder reclaimed from the ocean and marshes centuries in the past. It stays above water because of a dense community of 1,500 km of canals, giant drainage ditches – the “wateringues” – and round 100 pumping stations. The steadiness of the entire relies on common upkeep. And each stage, in all places on the territory, is concerned. In Andres, for instance, the rainwater community is maintained yearly, assures Mayor Allan Turpin. But, he says, that’s not the case in all places. Gold, “the water must be able to drain downwards. If we can’t do it and if we receive all of the top one, we ourselves become a retention basin.”.

Read also: How do wateringues work, this water evacuation system criticized after the floods in Pas-de-Calais?

In the safety of the 450,000 inhabitants of the Aa delta, the groups of municipalities, responsible for water since 2018, have a decisive role to play. Gold, “water runoff is not controlled”denounces Allan Turpin, who doesn’t rule out submitting a criticism. “Nothing has been done to slow down the water”laments the chosen one.

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