By Steve Dellar   |  10-15-2018   News
Photo credit: 20 Minutes France

At least 13 people have been killed by flash floods in the Aude region of south-western France. All roads towards the touristy site of Carcassonne, known for its grand castle with 53 towers, have been closed as fire departments continue to look for survivors. Some 9 people are reportedly still missing.

French authorities claim that three months’ worth of rain fell in just a few hours Monday morning, leaving roads blocked in some areas and breaching small bridges.

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Local French broadcaster BFMTV reported earlier that the rapid water of the Aude river swept away a nun.

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Catastrophic <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/flooding?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#flooding</a> in <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/limoux?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#limoux</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Aude?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#Aude</a>, France this morning 14th October! More rain is expected! Report: <a href="https://twitter.com/Meteo_Pyrenees?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@Meteo_Pyrenees</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/severeweather?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#severeweather</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/floods?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#floods</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/extremeweather?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#extremeweather</a> <a href="https://t.co/eEbPkHO1sJ">pic.twitter.com/eEbPkHO1sJ</a></p>&mdash; WEATHER/ METEO WORLD (@StormchaserUKEU) <a href="https://twitter.com/StormchaserUKEU/status/1051740615900389376?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">October 15, 2018</a></blockquote>

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Separately, a policeman attending to a weather-related traffic accident in the town of Albi was himself hit and killed by a motorist.

Mr Alain Thirion, the prefect of Aude, said people were stranded on rooftops and would have to be evacuated by air because it was too dangerous by boat. The French government stated they would be sending army dispatches to help with the rescue operations.

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">WATCH: Several months&#39; worth of rain fell within a few hours overnight in the area around Carcassonne in the Aude department.<br><br>The death toll from the floods in southwest France has climbed to 13.<br><br>Read more: <a href="https://t.co/2QlrMYQXjq">https://t.co/2QlrMYQXjq</a> <a href="https://t.co/tI1mTSElUi">pic.twitter.com/tI1mTSElUi</a></p>&mdash; euronews (@euronews) <a href="https://twitter.com/euronews/status/1051799822272012288?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">October 15, 2018</a></blockquote>

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In the town of Trèbes, the floodwater rose as high as seven meters (23feet) in certain areas.

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Flooding warnings have now been put in place for the nearby regions of Aveyron, Haute-Garonne, Hérault, Pyrénées-Orientales and Tarn.

France's Prime Minister Mr Édouard Philippe declared he would be visiting the area as soon as conditions allow.

Southern Europe has been hit by severe weather in recent months. After the summer saw the longest heatwave on record, this weekend a very rare hurricane hit Portugal and Spain whereas just last week flash floods killed eight people on the island of Mallorca.

Source:

https://www.bfmtv.com/mediaplayer/video/un-habitant-de-carcassonne-filme-son-domicile-inonde-apres-les-pluies-diluviennes-1108990.html

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