Storms and heavy rain have caused flooding and power cuts in the south of France, where six departments are still on weather warnings.
Bouches-du-Rhône is on a red flooding alert, while Alpes-Maritimes, Alpes-de-Haute-Provence, Vaucluse, Var and Haute-Corse have been placed under an orange storm warning.
Une puissante ligne d'#orage circule en cette fin de journée sur le Sud du pays entre le #Gard et l'Ouest des #BouchesduRhône. Celle-ci apporte de très fortes pluies et localement des inondations comme près de #Lunel.— Meteo60 sur Telegram www.t.me/meteo60 (@meteo60) October 3, 2021
Photographie : Adrien Barthez pic.twitter.com/bC0wX6hZzy
Over the weekend, around 460mm - the average equivalent of three to four months’ worth - of rain, fell in Villefort (Lozère), with 200mm coming down over the Cévennes mountains on Sunday (October 3).
In Ardèche, 330mm of rain had fallen in Sablières by Sunday evening.
Firefighters carried out around 100 operations as a result, evacuating 40 people and locating two missing people who were both found suffering from hypothermia and taken to hospital.
In Gard, fallen trees caused power cuts affecting 3,000 homes, while the storms disrupted train services across the Occitanie region.
The rainfall was particularly heavy around Nîmes, where pedestrians had no choice but to wade through a flood of water flowing through the streets.
Direct : #Nîmes sous des ruissellements conséquents au passage du système pluvio-orageux. L'#orage s'est désormais décalé vers la vallée du Rhône. Prudence près des cours d'eau, les #crues continuent de se propager en aval. pic.twitter.com/Oy8X9ikqrH— Météo Gard - Hérault (@MteoGardHerault) October 3, 2021
Nîmes had already been the scene of violent storms earlier in September, when two months’ worth of rain falling over just a few hours saw the A9 road to Montpellier completely flooded by a torrent of water.
The area had also been victim to a similar weather event on October 3, 1988, when 420mm of water had come down over the city in the space of a few hours, causing floods of a severity that had never been seen before by residents.
This event impacted 45,000 people, submerging cars, damaging houses and claiming 11 lives.