Neighbourhoods across the capital are gearing up against rising waters, ahead of future flood risks.
Over the past few weeks, the municipality of Luxembourg City has organised information meetings - together with the water management office - to raise awareness on the dangers of flooding and heavy rainfall. Neither issue is new to Luxembourg, nor are they particularly easy to combat, but experts emphasise a series of preventative measures to avoid major damage.
Metal barriers have already been installed in the Grund and Pfaffenthal, where flooding occurred in July 2021. The watertight barriers, equipped with a clever lock system, may make sandbags seem a thing of the past. Nonetheless, Helder Martins from the water management office suggests keeping sandbags handy if you have any lying around in your basement. Given their ease of deployment and immediate effectiveness, there is no downside to having them available.
Considering the VDL's ownership of a series of buildings, a range of measures, from metal barriers to sandbags, have been implemented. Thus far, these measures have successfully prevented flooding.