France floods: One missing and 1,600 evacuated

Frederick Owens
August 12, 2018

The statement added that 119 children from a campsite in the town of Saint-Julien-de-Peyrolas in southern France had been "sheltered" from the floods.

Almost 120 children were evacuated from the site as emergency teams helped around 750 people to safety across the Gard region.

Torrential rains Wednesday caused the heavy flooding in the Gard region.

The worst hit areas are Gard, Ardèche and Drôme, which are all popular holiday sites.

"I looked out and saw that the water level seemed higher than just massive puddles", she said.

Some 1,600 people, many of them children, were evacuated, and a 70-year-old German man helping to supervise youngsters at a summer camp in Saint-Julien-de-Peyrolas in the Gard region was feared to have been swept away by floodwater, along with his van.

The vehicle was found "empty and in pieces" near the river after the man was trapped by a muddy, fast-flowing torrent when the Ardeche river burst its banks.

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'No one has suitcases.

Ten people were taken to hospital suffering from hypothermia and minor injuries, said regional police spokesman Jerome Tallaron. "We just have what we're wearing", Rita Mauersberger, a German who was among the campers taking shelter, told France Info radio.

More than 400 firefighters and gendarmes, many sent in from other regions, helped in the evacuations, using helicopters to spot camp sites and to perform rescues.

Nearly 75mm of rain fell over the area in just 24 hours with more outbreaks possible during the next few days.

Heavy rain meant tents were destroyed, while about 17,000 homes were without power.

Residents in the area were urged to monitor the weather and give flood waters time to recede.

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