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Half of the groundwater reserves are above their normal levels after a wet autumn

Heavy rain has caused surface flooding but also replenished France’s groundwater reserves (pictured Chindrieux, Savoie)
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France’s groundwater reserves are beginning to refill thanks to a wet October and November. We look at where they are most replenished.

In September, the Office for geological and mineral research, or BRGM, said that 60% of France’s water tables were below their average levels.

This followed a particularly hot and dry summer that had seen stiff rules brought in to limit the use of water in car washes and swimming pools.

To compound the issue, a particularly dry September saw 40% less rainfall than average.

Record-breaking rainfall

By the start of December, the situation had improved significantly, with 48% of the country’s groundwater reserves above their average levels.

In large part, this is due to the 26 days of record-breaking rainfall from the end of October to mid-November.

Météo France announced that during this period France averaged over 215 mm across the country.

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Where have the water tables risen the most?

Pic: Visactu / The Connexion

Currently, no rainfall is expected until at least December 21 (Thursday) however there are concerns a wet Christmas is in store for France.

This could bring floods back to areas already impacted this autumn – such as Pas-de-Calais and the Dordogne – as soils in the area are likely to still be saturated with water.

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