PARIS — Flash floods tore by cities in southwest France, turning waterways into raging torrents that killed at the very least 13 folks, 9 of them in only one city, authorities stated Monday. Individuals needed to be helicoptered to security from the roofs of their properties as in a single day storms dumped the equal of a number of months of rain in just some hours.
Worst hit was the city of Trebes, east of the medieval walled metropolis of Carcassonne. The rains that swept in from the Mediterranean killed 9 folks there, Inside Ministry spokesman Frederic de Lanouvelle stated.
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He instructed BFMTV that the floods within the Aude area additionally killed 4 different folks in different places, left one particular person lacking and critically injured 5 others.
Within the city of Villegailhenc, witness Ines Siguet stated the waters rose so rapidly that individuals had been stranded on the roofs of their properties and needed to be helicoptered to security. She posted video of a ripped-up highway the place a bridge was, torn away by a flood torrent that reduce the city in half.
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“There’s nothing left. There’s only a gap,” the 17-year-old resident instructed The Related Press. “It was very violent.”
Different roads additionally had been flooded, leaving the city reduce off, she stated. Siguet’s college was shut down amid the destruction. Two folks had been killed within the city, in line with the Aude regional authorities.
Alain Thirion, the prefect of Aude, stated among the useless appeared to have been swept away by floodwaters. Within the city of Conques-sur-Orbiel, the river rose by greater than six meters (20 toes), he stated.
Floodwaters had been in some instances too highly effective for emergency providers to get by, even on boats, he stated.
Tv photos confirmed waters coursing by cities and villages, with automobiles stranded within the floods and piled up on high of one another like youngsters’s toys.
The French authorities rushed lots of of rescue staff into the flood zone and helicopters buzzed overhead. Faculties had been closed and authorities had been urging folks to remain dwelling.