Bad weather: Bouches-du-Rhône placed in red vigilance for risks of rain and flood – archyworldys

After a bad weather weekend in France, new violent storms hit the south-east. The Old Port of Marseille to the brim, streets flooded, schools closed: on the night of Sunday October 3 to Monday October 4, heavy rains hit the Bouches-du-Rhône, a department placed in red vigilance by Météo- France for risk of rain and flooding.

Five departments are placed in orange vigilance: Alpes-de-Haute-Provence, Alpes-Maritimes, Var, Vaucluse and Corse-du-Sud.

Up to 106 millimeters (mm) of water have been recorded in some localities. “The stormy lines, very active, are accompanied by violent phenomena, with rainfall intensities of the order of 40 to 60 mm in a short time, strong gusts of wind and hail”, announced the prefecture in a press release.

Some schools closed

The rector of the academy advised parents not to send their children to schools in Bouches-du-Rhône. “URGENT Red Vigilance If you can, please keep your children at home. The # schools remain open in degraded mode to welcome those who find themselves without a solution ”, To tweeted the mayor of Marseille, Benoît Payan. Despite everything, some schools remained closed Monday morning, noted journalists from Agence France-Presse (AFP).

In the early morning, in the east of Marseille and in particular the district of Valmante, motorists found themselves trapped in their car, under a bridge, said the marine firefighters to AFP. Divers from the firefighters intervened to bring these people to safety.

By early morning, the rain had stopped in Marseille. However, the firefighters said to themselves “Very vigilant”, waiting for the showers to resume around 10:30 a.m. “People must at all costs avoid being near watercourses, and do not embark on flooded roads, because you never know the depth of the water or the strength of the current”, they told AFP.

In the rest of the department, the Bouches-du-Rhône firefighters, mobilized especially for reconnaissance, did not note any significant intervention.

Tribute ceremony canceled

Due to bad weather, the two-day ministerial visit of Nadia Hai, secretary of state for the city, to Marseille, was canceled. In the Alpes-Maritimes, a year after the tragedy of the floods in Roya and Vésubie, the ceremony to pay tribute to the help intervened during these bad weather, scheduled for Nice, was also canceled because of the meteorological risk.

At the beginning of the afternoon, new very active storm cells are expected in the west of the Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur region, with a risk of hail, and will then circulate throughout all the departments in orange vigilance. The risk of urban runoff, floods and floods is high in the areas most exposed to heavy rains and stationary thunderstorms. The firefighters have put in place preventive measures: 5 multipurpose flooding groups throughout the territory; as well as 2 flood rescue groups. An improvement from the west is expected by the end of the day on Monday.

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