France – One Dead as Flooding Hits Normandy

A man has died after his car was swept into flood water in Normandy, France.

Parts of Eure department in Normandy recorded 70 mm of rain during the night, 04 to 05 June, 2018. AFP reports that a man was found dead, drowned in his vehicle in Piseux, Eure department earlier today.

This is the second major flood event in France in the last 2 days. On Monday, flooding caused major damage in the Brittany town of Morlaix.

As the heavy rain and storms moved east, areas of Eure department suffered severe flooding from the evening of 04 June. Several rivers are on Yellow Alert in the region, including the Eure, Iton and Avre.

Eure department said that it has activated the crisis unit and all the rescue facilities have been mobilized to help flood victims. Firefighters have carried out over 300 interventions from late Monday evening. The main localities affected are La Guéroulde, Breteuil-sur-Iton and Bémécourt where around 12 people were evacuated.

The heavy rain has also affected Haute-Saône department, where roads have been blocked and buildings damaged by flood water. Firefighters carried out over 40 interventions. Temporary flood defences have been erected in Venère.

In Jura department, around 18 people were evacuated from a flood-damaged building in Damparis.

As of early 05 June, over 20 departments stretching from north eastern parts of the country down to the south west were on Orange Alert for storms. Eure remains on Orange Alert for both storms and flooding.

According to Météo-France, around 10 top 30 mm of rainfall was expected in Parisian basin and Haute-Normandie today, with localised rainfall of between 60 and 80 mm possible.

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