VIDEO – In the Gard, four people, including two children, were killed in a car on the night of Friday to Saturday in two separate accidents. Lozère, a man also died away in his vehicle.
Heavy rains fell in southern France in the night Friday to Saturday killed five people including two young children, according to a new report prepared by the authorities. In the Gard, a car in which a couple and their two young children was swept away by the waves around midnight, passing over a submerged by the flood of Droude between Ales and Nimes bridge. The mother and her 4 year old son drowned and one year old baby was found dead Saturday afternoon rescue. The father, he survived and was hospitalized, heavily shocked. The family lived in the nearby village and would likely reach his home. the bridge in question, small and devoid of railings, is known to be submersible.
Further north, in the Cevennes Gard, another vehicle was swept away in similar circumstances, killing a fifties. The Prime Minister, Manuel Valls, held “to express its deep sorrow” and addressed to “any support to the victims’ families.” Investigations were opened by the prosecution of Ales on the circumstances of the accident and given to the police.
A “brutal episode Cevennes”
Unlike the neighboring departments of Bouches-du-Rhône, Vaucluse, Var and Alpes Maritimes, Gard did not was placed on orange alert by Météo France on Friday evening when Meteo Consult * mentioned vigilance on Gard, Ardèche and Alpes-Maritimes. This is a “brutal cévenol episode” and very localized, said the secretary general of the prefecture.
In addition, the heavy rains have also made a victim Lozère. A pensioner died Friday night while driving on a road on the mountainside, furrowed by runoff. Manuel Valls called on the population to “the greatest caution, especially during road trips,” noting that this episode dealt thunderstorms throughout the Mediterranean.
Saturday, late afternoon, Meteo Consult lifted orange alerts the Alpes-Maritimes and the Var, the situation had returned to normal in all departments of the Mediterranean. For its part, France weather kept the Gard and Bouches-du-Rhone orange alert, warning against flood risk.
Alert floods and floods
It is the turn of the Provence-Alpes-Cote d’Azur region to be hit by the bad weather on Saturday. Since the middle of last night, it fell from 40 to 100mm of rain on the Alpes-Maritimes. Mandelieu sector was the most affected, with flooding. On the Alpes-Maritimes and the Var, the expected accumulations can occasionally reach 150 mm while the soil is already weakened by bad weather in recent weeks. In the Var, Préconil, a coastal river overflowed, causing flooding of basements, car parks and ground pavement in Sainte-Maxime, said the fire department. Corsica is it affected Saturday afternoon.
In addition, the level of the river is to watch: Gapeau Argens, Var Arc and see their rates increase rapidly. And in view of heavy rainfall during some floods are considered. The towns of Beaucaire and Istres are most at risk of flooding due to the flooding of the Rhône. The Flood Forecasting Service has placed the Rhone, between Avignon (Vaucluse) and the sea, orange alert.
Remember that this episode is the seventh in a series that began two months ago. The first of the season from 17 to 18 September, was particularly caused the death of six people, including four in a campsite Lamalou-les-Bains
* Weather Consult is a company Figaro group.