In the Pyrenees-Orientales, a man of 73 years died of cardiac arrest while trying to cross a flooded car bowl, Rivesaltes. The rains have caused a rise in the water even stronger than in the deadly flood of 1999, which required the evacuation of nearly 3,000 people in the Aude and Pyrenees-Orientales.
STATE NATURAL DISASTER
The interior minister Bernard Cazeneuve promised that the state would hire a filing in a state of natural disaster procedure “Monday morning” to the Aude and Pyrenees-Orientales.
At midday, 2 000 people of both sides of the dikes of the river Agly had been evacuated by order of the Pyrenees-Orientales prefecture. By late morning, 560 people were already safe in other affected areas, especially on the Vermilion coast (Canet, Argelès-sur-Mer and Le Barcarès), said the prefecture.
Over 600 procedures were performed by 160 firefighters and 70 police mobilized, and 70 men of Civil Security.
In the department of Aude, 250 people were evacuated as a precaution from the town of Sigean, in the east, and security updates in a multipurpose room, ” dyke the Espinat at risk of overflow “, said the prefecture around 5 am 30.
In the afternoon, 58 people settled in the campsite of the same village were also evacuated as a precaution. “The water rose very quickly on several rivers. Berre rose red vigilance. The Stop and Orbieu are orange alert. The rise of Orbieu is also worrying, 14 municipalities are involved, including Ornaisons, where 40 inches of water flooding the city and Luc-sur-Orbieu, covered with 20 centimeters of water, “, said the prefecture.
A total of 152 firefighters and 80 police are engaged in the Aude, and a helicopter.
BACK TO QUIET END ‘AFTERNOON
The Prime Minister Manuel Valls said in a statement to follow “very carefully” the situation in the Aude and Pyrenees-Orientales. “The situation is under control thanks to the decisions taken by the prefects and mayors to evacuate the exposed areas” , Matignon concludes in a statement.
Météo France, who placed the red alert Aude “rain-flood” little before 5:00, warned that there would be no respite until Sunday 16 hours.
Météo France then provides a decrease in the intensity of rain Sunday afternoon and early evening. The rains will be limited “ gradually Pyrénées-Orientales department, mainly the Pyrenees, in the Aude, the Pays de Sault” and “will fade during night next », says the institute.
By the night of Sunday to Monday, accruals will be around 50 mm to 150 mm in the south of the Aude and much of eastern Pyrenees-Orientales. They will add to the totals already fallen Saturday.
Over the entire episode, higher spot maxima at 400 mm are possible on the east and the Pyrénées-Orientales center. In Hérault, where they had feared the worst Friday because of the flood of the Orb, the river water flowed back Saturday afternoon.