Major flood damage at Spa successfully repaired

Henry Valantine
Eau Rouge, Spa-Francorchamps

Eau Rouge, Spa-Francorchamps

Circuit officials at Spa-Francorchamps have confirmed they have managed to repair the damage caused by a major flood at the track last week.

A Spa Euro race was taking place at the time of the flooding, but organisers quickly cancelled proceedings as soon as they noticed a barrage of water heading down between La Source and Eau Rouge – as a local river burst its banks and water began coming through the armco barriers on the old pit straight.

The drainage systems in place at the circuit quickly overflowed and the downhill section heading towards one of the fastest corners on the track was better equipped for boats than cars.

As such, a 30-metre portion of that part of track had to be resurfaced as a result of the flood, which caused damage beyond the asphalt as three tunnels that go underneath the circuit were also flooded and required repairs.

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It wasn’t just water that had to be dealt with, however, as a significant amount of mud and soil were washed onto the circuit and had to be thoroughly cleaned to ensure the track surface will be fit for racing in upcoming events.

Nathalie Maillet, CEO of the circuit said in a statement at the time of the flooding: “We took the decision with everyone’s safety in mind. The severe weather over the circuit and the damage it brought with it, left us no other choice.

“Since Friday afternoon all our staff, as also our subcontractors, who have reacted positively, have been working hard to make the track driveable as soon as possible. On Saturday morning work activities resumed as from 6am.”

Due to the force of the oncoming water and mud, the stone walls down the old pit straight and at Eau Rouge had to be reinforced and repaired as a result of the damage – with Formula 1 due to be heading to the famous old circuit for the Belgian Grand Prix towards the end of August.

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