Flooding in France and Italy After 163mm of Rain in 24 Hours

Severe weather has swept across parts of southern and central Europe over the last 3 days. Some of the worst was seen in France and Italy, which have both been badly affected by major flooding since 04 November 2014.


In a 24 hour period between 03 and 4 November, 163 mm of rain fell in Nice and 95 mm in Dijon (WMO figures). One woman was killed in a mud slide, roads were flooded, over 10,000 homes suffered power cuts and numerous rivers burst their banks.

Heavy rainfall was seen across central and south-eastern France, resulting in major flooding in the region of Burgundy. Flooding also affected parts of the Cévennes area, in particular the Ardèche. Floods and landslides also hit parts of Alpes-Maritimes department where one person died in a landslide in the village of Saint Blaise. Dozens were evacuated from their homes in Lamotte-du-Rhône, near Avignon, where 2 campsites also had to be evacuated.

Floods in Eyrieux, Ardèche, France, November 2014. Photo Meteo Europe
Floods in Eyrieux, Ardèche, France, November 2014. Photo Meteo Europe

The heavy rain has continued to fall. Nice saw a further 87 mm of rain in 24 hours between 04 and 05 November. Nearly 100 mm fell in the same period in Montélimar in the Rhône-Alpes region.

The weather has been so severe that a 25 metre tug boat ran aground on the beach in Cannes, near to the famous Carlton hotel after a storm on Tuesday 04 November 2014.


Italy is no stranger to floods during the month of November. The recent heavy rainfall caused floods in the regions of Liguria and Tuscany. Over 60 mm of rain fell in 24 hours between 04 and 05 November in Genoa, which is still recovering from the disastrous floods that struck the city last month.

In Tuscany 2 people initially feared dead were found after being reported missing in the floods in the town of Carrara. They had been swept away by the swollen Carrione river. Five other people in the area had to be airlifted to safety after becoming trapped by flood water.

The severe weather is expected to continue and a severe warning has been isssued for Rome and other parts of Italy for the next 24 hours. The heavy rain has also affected parts of Slovenia and Switzerland.