Natural disaster declared after municipalities in Hérault ravaged by floods – the Connexion
MUNICIPALITIES ravaged by floods are declared natural disasters natural disaster areas after what was thought to be nearly five months of rain fell within hours in the HÃ©rault – causing the Lez to overflow, flooding part of central Montpellier.
As the clearing began this morning and the roads and railways began to reopen, MÃ©tÃ©o France lowered the red alert for HÃ©rault to orange.
The storm had left thousands stranded, with the Herault prefecture saying it had helped find accommodation for 4,000 people overnight – including 1,000 students forced to sleep in their schools because they could not return at home and hundreds of passengers spending the night in trains after BÃ©ziers and Montpellier stations were closed.
No one is believed to have died in the floods, which come just 10 days after storms claimed the lives of four people in Lamalou-les-Bains and one in Aveyron.
Many roads leaving Montpellier have been closed, particularly in the south and east, the A9 motorway being “difficult”. All public transport was cut off and SNCF said traffic between NÃ®mes and Narbonne had been cut off.
The access road to the airport was also flooded and flights from Gatwick, Leeds, Orly and Nantes were diverted.
While downgrading the HÃ©rault to orange vigilance, MÃ©tÃ©o France has also kept the neighboring departments of Aude, PyrÃ©nÃ©es-Orientales, Gard, Aveyron and LozÃ¨re with the risk of flooding from Lez and Orb in HÃ©rault, Vidourle in Gard, Cesse and Dourdou. -Sorgue-Rance in Aude and Haut-Tarn in LozÃ¨re.
About sixty municipalities were left under layers of mud with gutted roads and vehicles washed away by flood waters from rivers unable to cope with the amount of rain that fell – with a record of 30 cm in three hours – and Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve said they would be declared natural disaster areas tomorrow to help with insurance claims.
Municipalities such as Saint-Pargoire, Pauhlan, Plaissan, Gignac, Lunel, Capestang, CrÃ¨s, Montagnac, Saint-Pons-de-Mauchiens, Aniane and Saint-Bauzille-de-la-Sylve were severely affected with flooding reaching three times or four feet.
Schools are closed in SÃ¨te, and school buses are canceled in Montpellier Nord-Ouest, Montpellier Mauguio, Lunellois and CollÃ¨ge de SommiÃ¨res.
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