Storms cut major rail artery in south of France
With one department still on orange weather alert, the clean-up under way following major storms in south of France
Rail services in southwest France have been severely disrupted by storms that battered the region earlier this week.
A 400m section of the line between Agde and Béziers was washed away by a torrent of water when the violent storms struck on Tuesday and Wednesday.
☔ Un déluge s'est abattu sur Six-Fours ...— Gilles Baldacchino (@G_Baldacchino) October 23, 2019
Courage aux personnes victimes de ces inondations.
Quelques images sur l'avenue de la mer, face à la pharmacie de Bucarin.#inondation #orages #sixfourslesplages pic.twitter.com/OcUPzGvvgF
As reported, heavy rain caused flooding in the Aude, Hérault, Ardèche, and Pyrénées-Orientales departments, with two campsites requiring evacuation of all guests to a nearby gymnasium, roads cut off, and livestock washed away.
After heavy rains and storms in 10 departments in the south of France since Wednesday, only Upper Corsica remains on "storm" and "rain-flood" alert. But while the rains have calmed down, the toll remains significant as the clean-up begins.
[#Intervention] #VigilanceOrange pour #Pluie #Orages #Inondation et #VaguesSubmersion en cours dans le départemental de l'Hérault Actuellement plusieurs sauvetage de #Personnes en cours dans le secteur de Béziers par des #SP au sol et via le #Dragon34 pic.twitter.com/vkUQeTfAS6— Pompiers 34 (@SDIS34) October 23, 2019
Following the torrential rain, SNCF said that all rail services between Sète in the Hérault and Narbonne in the Aude - including TGV and Intercite trains - will be cancelled until Monday, November 4 for repairs to take place.
Orages violents: Opération de sauvetage réussie d'un couple par les pompiers à Saint Pargoire (Hérault) Bravo et merci pic.twitter.com/UmvsTMUUuO— Le Général (@leGneral2) October 23, 2019
Services affected include TGVs between Montpellier, Perpignan and Spain and Montpellier to Toulouse, and has called on users to cancel their journeys if at all possible. Tickets can be reimbursed either on the SNCF website, or at railway stations.
Top story: @VISOV1: '#Inondation en cours dans @6fourslesplages , rue de la République. Photo prise vers 19h45.— Jaheb (@jaheb) October 24, 2019
Cette montre l'importance de suivre les consignes des autorités @Prefet83 , @SDIS83
✅ privilégiez les ... pic.twitter.com/4FNmhjOiLl, see more https://t.co/fnvjDyEoxc
Despite the risk, some people found a way to enjoy the conditions.
Regardez ce que les gens font devant mon IUT quand y'a inondation ptdrrrr pic.twitter.com/I1HUedlwwo— Vic (@Vichutchers) October 23, 2019
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