France – 2 Missing After Torrential Rain Triggers Floods in South

At least 2 people are missing after torrential rain triggered flash flooding in the Gard, Lozère and Herault departments of southern France.

Flood damage in Gard department France September 2020. Photo: Pompiers de France

Meteo France reported violent thunderstorms hit the foothills of the Cévennes mountains on 19 September. In a 6 hour period, 196 mm of rain fell in Vigan and 175 mm in Saumane.

Emergency services mobilized helicopters and hundreds of personnel to assist with evacuations and rescues. As of late 20 September, 46 people had been rescued and 421 had evacuated and moved to emergency shelter including over 200 people evacuated in Anduze commune in Gard Department.

Twelve roads and 5 bridges have been closed as a result of flooding in Gard, where water and electricity supply has been cut in some areas.

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