Published: Sun, August 12, 2018
Global | By Shelia Dennis

1600 evacuated as flash floods threaten campsites

1600 evacuated as flash floods threaten campsites

Rescuers used helicopters to evacuate people, including many children and tourists in three regions in the south of the country.

"The level and speed of the river today was extraordinary - we woke up in about a foot of water", she said.

About 400 firefighters and policemen, backed by four helicopters, helped in the evacuations and performed rescue operations, the French interior minister said.

Some 119 children, many of them from Germany, were evacuated from the campsite in Saint-Julien-de-Peyrolas campsite on Thursday night as rivers and streams overflowed after heavy rain. A group of 136 children and youths from the German city of Leverkusen were reported safe.

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Divers were reported to be taking part in the search for the man, although a top regional official said it was not known for certain whether the man was in his caravan at the time it was swept away.

Ten people were taken to hospitals to be treated for minor injuries, including four German children with hypothermia.

'A German pensioner remains missing after being swept away.

The Gard is hugely popular with British holidaymakers in August, while many others from the United Kingdom have retired to the area, or have second homes there.

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British campers are among those recovering in emergency shelters after they were rescued from holiday parks and campsites wrecked by the bad weather.

'No one has suitcases.

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

UK Met Office meteorologist Marco Petagna said almost 3in (7.6cm) of rain fell over the area in 24 hours.

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The storms which caused the floods came after a period of unusually hot weather in southern France and much of Europe. Some roads remain cut off and up to 17,000 homes are without power.

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