top cx logo
cx logo
Explorearrow down
search icon
Explore
arrow down

Firefighter swept away as deadly storm kills three

A total 25 departments remain on orange weather alerts, while Paris prepares for possible flooding

At least three people died as Storm Eleanor battered France, while a volunteer firefighters is missing after being swept away during a rescue operation.

Meanwhile, 25 departments remain on orange alert for flooding on Friday, while two are on avalanche watch, and Paris is putting measures in place in case the Seine floods.

National forecaster Météo-France has placed Doubs, Jura, Haute-Saône, Belfort Territory, Haute-Savoie, Savoie and Isère on alert for heavy rain and floods; while Ain, Ardennes, Corrèze, Dordogne, Eure, Gironde, Lot, Marne, Meurthe-et-Moselle, Meuse, Moselle, Nièvre, Saône-et-Loire, Bas-Rhin, Haut-Rhin, Seine-Maritime, Vosges are on flood alert; and avalanche warnings also remain in place for Savoie and Haute-Savoie.

The recent severe weather left three people dead, including a woman in her 90s, who suffered a heart attack as her home in the Isère commune of Crêts-en-Belledonne was flash floods entered her home on Thursday. As reported skier in Haute-Savoie was killed by a falling tree the previous day.

In the same department, more than 80 people have been searching overnight for a volunteer firefighter was swept away in a raging torrent while working to rescue a family trapped on the roof of their car in Moutaret on Thursday afternoon.

Meanwhile, the Seine in Paris reached 3.07m at Austerlitz with forecasts predicting that the waters are set to rise further, prompting authorities and utility companies to begin implementing 'preparatory measures' in case of flooding in the city.

Flood watchdog the Service de prévision des crues has raised the alert level in the capital to yellow.

Barrages are set to be deployed at key points along the river if the water level rises to 3.70m, while installations along the banks are being dismantled. Residents are also advised not to store valuable property in cellars and basements.

Stay informed:
Sign up to our free weekly e-newsletter
Subscribe to access all our online articles and receive our printed monthly newspaper The Connexion at your home. News analysis, features and practical help for English-speakers in France

Resident or second-home owner in France?
Benefit from our daily digest of headlines and how-to's to help you make the most of life in France
By joining the newsletter, you agree to our Terms & Conditions and Privacy Policy
See more popular articles
The Connexion Help Guides
featured helpguide
Visa and residency cards for France*
Featured Help Guide
- Visas and residency cards (cartes de séjour) for France help guide - Understand when visas and residency cards are required to move to France or come for an extended stay - Applies to Britons (post-Brexit) and to all other non-EU/non-EEA/Swiss nationalities - Useful to anyone considering a move to France, whether for work or otherwise, or wanting to spend more than three months at their French second home
Get news, views and information from France