Videos show huge floods washing through France, forcing thousands from their homes

Emergency crew clean up after floods in Gard, France

  • Flash floods swept through southern France, forcing summer campers to scatter to safety with helicopters rescuing some.
  • A sudden weather front came in after July’s extreme heat – thunder, rain and flooding followed.
  • The areas of Gard and Ardeche, usually warm, had exceptionally hot summers. 
  • A German pensioner is missing –  people are worried he was swept away in the current. 

Videos show the raging floods which forced 1,600 people to evacuate campsites in southern France.

People are worried as a 70-year-old man is missing from the torrential floods that swept through the region on Thursday.

The video below shows the worst of the storms:

Helicopters swooped in to help the rescue effort and saved 119 children at a summer camp in Saint-Julien-de-Peyrolas.

Details confirmed by France’s interior ministry say the rescue involved 400 firefighters and other service personnel.  

The south of France is experiencing a heatwave which ended suddenly with relentless rain and thunderstorms.

Map of the area hit by floods in France

The area’s Ceze and L’Ardeche rivers were the largest to burst their banks:

Nearby Drôme was also badly hit.

This video shows the situation in Gard, which is near Montpellier. 

According to French weather channel Meteociel a well-defined frontal system was being pushed towards the area where they predicted rainfall, storms is, and flash floods. But they certainly got more than expected.

The areas of Gard and Ardeche are usually very hot in the summers, but this year is exceptional.

 

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