Herault), placed by vigilance red rains-floods until Friday at 16: 00, was hit in the night from Thursday to Friday by heavy rainfall, particularly in the west of the department.
The rains of strong intensity were observed between Pézenas and Béziers, with 30 to 60 mm in one hour, said Weather France to 01: 00.
It is also in this area that has focused the majority of interventions of the fire department of the Hérault. According to them, they have produced some 150 interventions – for the most part put in security, in particular, of persons living in caravan – between the release of the red alert and 01: 30 on Friday.
In the evening of Thursday, the fire department of the Herault were commended for having had “little meaningful interventions to make and no injuries to report because prevention has worked”.
They, however, remain “very vigilant” in the face, in particular the upcoming arrival of the new rains of high intensity on the area of Montpellier during the night.
Over 24 hours, the highest values of accumulated rainfall continue to be observed on the Hérault, with from 150 to 250 mm, approximately half of the department (268 to Castenet-the-Top).
The Gard and the Aude, bordering departments of the Herault, has been placed in vigilance orange “heavy rainfall”. The Aveyron remains also in vigilance orange for the rains-floods and flash floods.
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On the east of the Aude and the west of the Gard, the totals are smaller, of the order of 60 to 120 mm.
The vigilance orange for strong winds has been thrown Thursday to 22: 00 for the Bouches-du-Rhône, after the weakening of the winds.
On the coast of the Hérault and the Aude, the winds should stay strong and generate very high waves, which lead to a raising significant sea level, causing flooding on the lower parts, or vulnerable to, the coast.
because of these elements, “classes are suspended in schools, colleges, and high schools for the entire day of Friday,” said the prefecture héraultaise in a press release.
Friday will be the second consecutive day that the students of the department will be deprived of an education, but unlike the day of Thursday, “no home will not be assured to avoid any displacement of pupils, families and personal”.
“The residents will be confined in their establishment, supervised by the staff present for the entire duration of the alert”, said the prefecture. “On the eve of this weekend, they return home will be insured when the red alert will be lifted”.
In the Gard département, the prefect Didier Lauga has called for caution and prudence, and has also suspended the transportation to and from school on Friday. “Schools, colleges, and high schools will remain open, and will welcome students who would possibly”, he said in a statement.
Same scenario in the Aude, for 35 municipalities in the east of the department, said the prefect in a press release. For the sectors concerned, “it is asked that parents keep their child at home and limit their travel”.
Very few cars and pedestrians: on Thursday, the streets of Montpellier were particularly deserted, even at peak hours, and this should be the case again Friday.
“it is best to stay at home when rains also strong emerge”, said Thursday at the AFP Caroline Daumas, a young mother of three children, who did not go to work Thursday to look after his offspring, and “limit the movements and the risks to the maximum”.
14/10/2016 07:13:39 – Montpellier (AFP) – © 2016 AFP