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TOPIC: Canal de la Meuse (ex l'Est branche Nord) - stop 14/7/21

Canal de la Meuse (ex l'Est branche Nord) - stop 14/7/21 27 Jul 2021 16:55 #124684

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Canal de la Meuse (ex lest branch Nord) reopens from 0900 28/07/2021, between pk 32.980 (ecluse no.5) and pk 196.225 (ecluse no.20 bras-sur-meuse). Avis FR/2021/04447
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Canal de la Meuse (ex l'Est branche Nord) - stop 14/7/21 26 Jul 2021 10:30 #124662

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Thanks Betsy. I was about to add those links to the Knowledgebase - but they are already there among other useful links - on the Cruising / Belgium and Cruising / France pages

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Canal de la Meuse (ex l'Est branche Nord) - stop 14/7/21 25 Jul 2021 22:12 #124658

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Thanks to all for your updates. Tim said it well: we're getting a lesson on the risks of traveling the Great Rivers in the new weather and I'm learning how quickly conditions can change. I've found a couple of helpful sources for flood warnings: In France: www.vigicrues.gouv.fr . And in Belgium: www.voies-hydrauliques.wallonia.be . Still planning to head down the Meuse from Troussey to Maastricht or beyond when the waterway reopens. (July 28 or later) I welcome updates on conditions along the route. Anyone have a favorite boatyard for hiverage and haul-out around Maastricht? Thank you, Betsy
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Canal de la Meuse (ex l'Est branche Nord) - stop 14/7/21 25 Jul 2021 16:10 #124656

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The Mass is still closed to recreational traffic between Belfeld and Sambeek locks. I am not sure why as the commercial boats are moving, the water level is back to normal and the current is low - I would guess less than 1kmh. from looking at it a few minutes ago. Perhaps it is because it is Sunday and they will change the status when they come back into the office tomorrow? The floods downstream from last nights rain in Belgium have not arrived this far north yet. There are a few speed boats on the river and large commercials and loads of tourists in the caravan parks. It is almost two weeks since the floods halted traffic now. The local marinas are stil jammed with boats and noone travelling.

We are getting a lesson in the risks of travelling on the Great Rivers in the new weather. As soon as we can we are going to head back north into the flat provinces where things are a bit more reliable.
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Canal de la Meuse (ex l'Est branche Nord) - stop 14/7/21 24 Jul 2021 23:50 #124644

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Canal de la Meuse (ex l'Est branche Nord) - stop 14/7/21 24 Jul 2021 11:27 #124639

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In the Netherlands as of this morning, the Maas has been released for recreational boating , with the exception of the Belfeld-Sambeek lock part and Grave-Lith segment. But there are strong currents. In the Netherlands, the route down the Mass river through Roermond and then on to the Zuid Williams Canal through Den Bosch looks to be open for those heading back to NL
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Canal de la Meuse (ex l'Est branche Nord) - stop 14/7/21 23 Jul 2021 09:09 #124627

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We have been moored at Montherme since the 15th July and have been told the waterway is closed until the 28th. This is to allow locks and tunnels to be checked for damage and to be cleared of debris.

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Canal de la Meuse (ex l'Est branche Nord) - stop 14/7/21 23 Jul 2021 08:44 #124625

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The Mass is closed to recreational boating from Roermond through Lith as they are still clearing debris from the river. But everything else is open in NL. They expect to open the closed part very soon and are working hard on cleanup. I went rode my bike over to the bridge at Well yersterday and the Current is still fairly strong and there are a lot of logs and sticks in the water.
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Canal de la Meuse (ex l'Est branche Nord) - stop 14/7/21 23 Jul 2021 08:30 #124624

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Eider is comfortably berthed in Toul after starting the 2021 season in early July from Strasbourg. Although the floods did not significantly impact this stretch of the Canal a la Marne au Rhin, it has closed the Meuse for more than a week. Today's Avis de la Batellerie (23/07/2021, attached) confirms that the Meuse remains closed from Troussey (PK272, Ecluse 1) to Fumay (PK33, Ecluse 51, St. Joseph). My goal was to return to Amsterdam area by early September via the Meuse/, but since the flood damaged ports like Liege and Maastricht, I'm looking for alternative routes to continue on from Namur. I'm finding it difficult to get up-to-date information on the state of ports along our route and would appreciate hearing from anyone between Verdun, Sedan, Charlesville-Mezieres, Givet, Namur, Liege, Maastricht and Venlo on conditions there.
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Canal de la Meuse (ex l'Est branche Nord) - stop 14/7/21 15 Jul 2021 07:31 #124496

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Even here in NL in Limburg the new flood barrier to the Juliana Canal has closed and flow at venlo is 10x normal. Here in the massdunen where I am now the water level is up about a meter and expected to double again in the next day
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Canal de la Meuse (ex l'Est branche Nord) - stop 14/7/21 14 Jul 2021 17:58 #124485

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Dear Martyn,

There is an avis now saying Meuse blocked between Givet and Levrezy because volume of water too high and fast for sluicing. Poor weather supposed to get better by weekend, hopefully you’ll be released then 🤞🏻
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Canal de la Meuse (ex l'Est branche Nord) - stop 14/7/21 14 Jul 2021 13:44 #124482

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We have just been instructed to moor at Montherme by the lock-keeper as navigation has n=bben stopped due river conditions (fast and high). At the moment I cannot find an AVIS confirming this, so no idea of the extent of the stoppage.
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