<- Hard dé e: 0.040197134017944 sec -> A rainstorm falling on the south-eastern France on Monday. The department of Herault was placed in red alert for storms and floods while those of the Aude, Pyrenees-Orientales and Gard were placed in amber alert. Aveyron and Lozère them orange alert for floods as rivers Lez, Herault and Orb have a “risk of rapid rise.”
Herault, particularly affected , Météo France expects an intense rains that are expected to expand to the entire department. The prefecture reported a risk of major flood Lez, main river Herault. “There is a direct and widespread threat to the safety of persons and property,” she warns. A number of public information has been set up by the authorities (0.811.000.634).
Over 170 procedures were performed by firefighters supported by three helicopters patrolling area. While the majority of schools the department was evacuated by Midi Libre, Montpellier, yet “20,000 children are blocked in schools or transferred to gyms,” said Mayor Philippe Saurel, i & gt; Tele <. / p>
The council said it had set up an emergency room and had to open a hostel for childcare. Classes were also suspended in high schools but the students were not allowed out without their parents.
A Montpellier precisely the Lez got out of bed and the city is under the waters. The inhabitants are called the greatest caution. Predict, a subsidiary of France Weather quoted by Midi Libre, mentions a “very worrying situation” that “has not occurred since at least 2003 on the large Montpellier” and is set to continue until Monday evening. The Departmental Delegate of France Weather predicted on France Bleu Hérault a “very difficult evening in eastern Hérault with very heavy rain.”
The Town “recommends to all its inhabitants to limit their travel “Public transport -. buses and trams – are down since the middle of the afternoon and twenty road and several bridges are inaccessible round, completely flooded areas
Air and rail transport were paralyzed by the weather. The railway network is heavily congested. The Nîmes-Sète connection is completely stopped since mid-afternoon and the train from Lyon to Barcelona announced an hour late. On its website, the station invites all travelers to postpone their trips to and from the Languedoc-Roussillon and the Intercity Nice-Bordeaux (which requires Montpellier) online.
planes from London Gatwick, Leeds, Paris-Orly and Nantes, which had to land at the airport in the city were diverted and flights to Nantes and Paris-Orly airports were canceled, said the communication service from the airport. The prefecture also reports that the road between the airport and the city of Montpellier is cut without deviation expected.
In total, around Montpellier, 32 axes were blocked, including access to the airport . and neighboring towns to Palavas-les-Flots, Lattes and Mauguio
The red alert, the highest level of weather alert was triggered on Monday in the Hérault to the risks of storms and floods. It is established when damage “are very important to fear” on housing, parks, cultures, and massive forest plantations, or that there are risks “flash floods streams” with the possibility of power outages, and driving conditions very difficult.
Météo-France then advised to stay home and avoid travel in the department concerned, and especially in the mountains during a thunderstorm. If necessary move, a series of regulations apply. For rain-floods, Météo-France and recommends not to engage “in no case” on a submerged track and report their departure or destination to his family.
For the drivers, it is recommended to stop in a safe place. At home, avoid using the telephone and electrical appliances, store or secure objects sensitive to the effects of wind or susceptible to damage, and report any outbreak of fire. If the home is located in the floodplain, even rarely affected by the floods, it is advisable to take precautions to safeguard the property, make a reserve of drinking water, and to provide emergency lighting.