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Belgium gets inundated

Dozens of Belgium families spent the last day of 2002 forced from their homes by floodwaters.

BY SUSAN KIM | BALTIMORE | December 31, 2002

Dozens of Belgium families spent the last day of 2002 forced from their homes by floodwaters.

The city of Ghent was hard hit, as were towns and villages southwest of Brussels. Local rivers burst their banks, inundating the small towns of Lessines and Turbize.

The city of Liege was flooded when the Meuse River overran its banks.

Forecasters were concerned about more rain later this week.

The country has experienced its wettest year in 150 years. Downpours throughout 2002 have been much heavier than normal.

In other international disaster news, rain also inundated parts of southeast England, putting many riverside towns on a state of alert.

South of London, parts of Kent and East Sussex counties are saturated, according to reports from England's Environment Agency.

The village of Yaldig, in Kent, was inundated when creeks feeing off the Medway River burst their banks.

Rescue crews were plucking people stranded in vehicles and homes.

Thousands of acres of farmland have been ruined.


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