Eight departments placed in orange vigilance for risk of rain and flooding

After Gard, Hérault, Ardèche, Isère and Drôme, three new departments – Haute-Savoie, Savoie and Ain – were in turn placed in orange vigilance, this Wednesday afternoon , for risk of rain and flooding, or eight departments in total, announced
Météo France in its latest bulletin.

The person reported missing since Tuesday afternoon in the town of Aimargues, southwest of Nîmes, following the violent storms that hit the Gard, was found safe and sound Wednesday morning by the gendarmes, announced the prefecture of the department. This 65-year-old man, “initially supposed to have fallen into the Rhony”, a tributary of the Vistre, had “found refuge at the time of the rising waters,” said the same source.

A phenomenon “not exceptional for the season”

After alerting in its 6 o’clock bulletin to “a significant risk of violent phenomena” in the Gard and Hérault, Météo France seemed less alarmist in its next bulletin, at 10 am, while five departments are on orange vigilance for thunderstorms and rain-floods, with Ardèche, Drôme and Isère.

Repeating that this rainy-stormy episode at the end of summer is “not exceptional for the season”, the weather forecasting institute warns that it could “generate significant accumulations of rain in a short time”, before winning the ‘Ardèche and Drôme in the afternoon. Rainfall in the order of 80 to 100 mm is expected locally. As of Wednesday morning, a handful of secondary roads remained closed to traffic in the affected area, southwest of Nîmes. The 800 firefighters deployed in the field were continuing non-emergency operations.

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