Updated: Europe – Flash Floods Hit South West France and Northern Spain

Update, 08 June, 2018:

The recent flooding in France has claimed another victim, according to reports by Agence France-Presse.

Early on 08 June a man was found dead in his vehicle in flood waters in Epineuil-le-Fleuriel, Cher department in the Centre-Val de Loire region of France. It is thought the victim’s vehicle was dragged away by flood waters from the overflowing La Queugne river.

Original report, 07 June 2018

Severe weather, including heavy rain and flooding, has continued in France and at least two people are thought to have died in flooding in the last two days.

After hitting northern areas, in particular Brittany and Normandy, earlier this week, flooding has now affected areas of southwestern France.

Further south, heavy rain from 05 June to 06 June caused major flooding in parts of northeastern Spain.

Flooding in Sitges, Barcelona Province, Spain, June 2018. Photo: Sitges Police


Storms have affected much of northern and eastern France since late May. France’s Ministry of the Interior said that, since the severe weather began on 25 May, emergency services have carried out over 8,000 flood and severe weather related interventions.

Earlier this week the Brittany town of Morlaix was devastated by flooding after a month’s worth of rain fell in under 1 hour.

The next day a man died after his car was swept into flood water in Piseux, Eure department, Normandy, after 70 mm of rain fell during the night 04 to 05 June.

Since then storms, heavy rain and flash flooding have affected wide areas of the country, including parts of the South West.

Le Monde said that in the Nouvelle-Aquitaine region, Deux-Sèvres recorded 83 mm of rain and Charentes 70 mm of rain between 05 and 06 June.

Yesterday the body of an elderly woman was found near the Lot river which runs through Casseneuil, in the Lot-et-Garonne department of Nouvelle-Aquitaine.

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Heavy rain also caused flooding in parts of southeastern Spain, in particular in El Garraf comarca (county) in the province of Barcelona, Catalonia.

Local met service, Servei Meteorològic de Catalunya, said that 78.6 mm of rain fell in 24 hours in Sant Pere de Ribes, about 3 km inland from the resort town of Sitges. Spain’s State Meteorological Agency (AEMET) reported 53.8 mm of rain in 24 hours to 06 June in Igualada, Barcelona province.

Emergency services in Catalonia received over 300 calls for assistance during 06 June. Heavy rain caused flooding in Calafell, province of Tarragona, and further along the coast in areas around Sitges, where roads were inundated and police were called on to carry out at least 2 rescues.

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