“I’m fed up with being promised lots of things and nothing moving forward. (…) No, we didn’t anticipate (…), we have to stop lying to ourselves. » Allan Turpin is angry and he doesn’t hide it. This is the second time in two months that the mayor of Andres, in Pas-de-Calais, has seen his town invaded by water.

Questioned by BFM Lille on Wednesday January 3, the councilor, who is also president of the Stop Floods association, believes that some of the damage caused in his city by the floods at the start of the year could have been avoided. The issue of precipitation management is in any case not new in the region. With an entire area located below sea level and clay soil, Pas-de-Calais is particularly vulnerable to episodes of intense rain. Work was even undertaken following the historic floods of 2002. But with the effect of climate change and the intensification of extreme weather phenomena, the situation seems to no longer be under control.