France on weather alert as man, 70, dies in floods

Orange weather alerts in 25 departments in north and southwest France

1 February 2021
By Connexion journalist

A 70-year-old man died after being trapped by rising flood waters in northern France.

Emergency services found the man's body at the side of a road close to the river Sambre in the village of Berlaimont, in the Nord department. Officials believe he had become trapped by rapidly rising floodwaters after going out to check on the state of the river.

A total 25 orange weather alerts remain in force in the north and southwest of the country in the latest weather update from forecasters Météo France.

The Aveyron and Corrèze are on orange alert for river and rain floods; the Charente, Charente-Maritime, Dordogne , Gers, Gironde, Haute-Garonne, Landes, Lot, Lot-et-Garonne, Pyrénées-Atlantiques, Hautes-Pyrénées, Tarn and Tarn-et-Garonne are on orange river flood alert, while rain-flooding is the key weather risk in Puy-de-Dôme and Cantal.

Météo France has placed 25 departments on orange weather alert

"Over the 12 hours between 18:00 and 06:00, accumulations of around 20mm to 25mm have been observed over a large part of southern Corrèze" , reports Météo France, as well as "from 20 to 40 mm on the west of Cantal and the north of Aveyron ".

The rain is expected to last all day and is falling on saturated land then flowing into already full streams.

More generally, the weather will remain cloudy and often wet over most of the country, with only Mediterranean regions likely to see blue skies - though showers are possible there. Heavy clouds will cover the rest of the country, with rain or drizzle in the north and northeast and more continuous rains elsewhere.

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