Published: Sat, August 11, 2018
Sci-tech | By April Francis

Hundreds evacuated from campsites as southern France hit by flash flooding

Hundreds evacuated from campsites as southern France hit by flash flooding

Campsites in the neighbouring Ardeche region have also been affected.

"We woke up in about a foot of water".

"The level and speed of the river..."

Rescue workers continued Friday to search for the missing man, who has not yet been identified.

Of the 750 people helped to safety by emergency crew in Saint-Julien-de-Peyrolas region of Gard, around 120 of them were children, mainly from Germany. A group of 136 children and youths from the German city of Leverkusen were reported safe.

French rescuers are still searching for an elderly German man who went missing after floodwaters ripped through a campsite in southern France on Thursday.

Four German children were hospitalized for hypothermia in Bagnols-sur-Ceze, a town on the Ceze River, Dousset said.

He was the only person unaccounted for after a rescue operation at three campsites in the area, where a heatwave ended abruptly this week in storms that caused flash flooding.

Footage posted on social media showed dramatic scenes of flooding.

It's been advised that locals give time for flood waters to recede, and keep an eye on local weather reports before they travel.

A spokesman for the Gard Prefectures said: 'It is hoped that the flooding will reach its peak by around 11pm on Thursday'.

In one summer camp in Saint-Julien-de-Peyrolas, 119 children were evacuated.

About 17,000 homes in southwest and northeast France were without power and several roads were closed as a result of the floods.

Electricity supplies have been cut in some villages, while roads have been gridlocked because of the number of people trying to get to high ground.

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