Extreme weather on 22 July 2016: stand-down of Crisis Cell at 4.30 p.m. on 24 July 2016

Further to the extreme weather which occurred during the evening of Friday, 22 July 2016, the Crisis Cell of the Emergency Response Plan "Extreme Weather", headed by Minister for the Interior Dan Kersch, met for a third time at 3 p.m. on 24 July. Before the meeting began, the Prime Minister thanked and congratulated the members of the Crisis Cell for their availability and their excellent coordination in the interests of the people affected by the crisis.

The situation in the places affected is under control, and the municipal authorities concerned have not called for any further resources. Minister for the Interior Dan Kersch is nevertheless remaining in permanent contact with the four municipalities concerned in case any further support is required in the coming days.

The acute phase of the emergency situation is over, and the Crisis Cell has been stood down.

The authorities are continuing their distribution of bottled water at the fire and rescue centres in Cruchten, Larochette and Reisdorf and at the nursery school (note that the place has changed) in Ermsdorf. Water will be distributed on Sunday, 24 July from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. and on Monday, 25 July from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

The restrictive measures regarding the consumption of drinking water will continue to apply at least until 7 p.m. on Monday, 25 July, pending the final results of the water quality analyses being carried out by the{/t2} water management authority. The population will be informed by the relevant authorities as soon as the quality of the water returns to normal. Until then, drinking water will be provided by the Rescue Services Agency, the Army, and the respective municipal authorities.

Until further notice, human consumption of water is not allowed in the municipality of Reisdorf.

Preventive measures have been taken by the authorities to limit any risk of further pollution.

According to the weather forecasts currently available, MeteoLux is expecting calmer weather during the first few days of the week.

On behalf of the Government, the Minister for the Interior thanks everyone - public- and private-sector players and volunteers - who has helped since the start of this episode of extreme weather.

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