By: Steve Dellar | 08-10-2018 | News
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France - 1,600 Evacuated As Flash Floods Sweep Campsite (Video)

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After weeks of sweltering heat and record temperatures, southern Europe was finally hit with rain in the past few days, which resulted in flash flooding in certain parts of the Gard, Ardèche and Drôme region in France. 1,600 people had to be evacuated from campsites as they saw their belongings be swept away by hastily formed rivers that took everything in their path.

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Major floods in Saint Ambroix et Saint Bres (30), southern France this afternoon, August 9! Report: Extreme meteo Occitanie <a href=""></a></p>&mdash; severe-weather.EU (@severeweatherEU) <a href="">August 9, 2018</a></blockquote>

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Ms Rachel Buchanan, originally from Oxford in the UK was camping together with her family close to a river in the Ardèche region when the flooding hit. She declares: "We knew a storm was imminent and couldn't believe the ferocity of last night's storm."

"The level and speed of the river today was extraordinary - we woke up in about a foot of water. Driving in our camper van was very frightening as the road by the river was completely under water and waterfalls had appeared from nowhere crashing down the gorge."

Rescuers reported that an elderly German man is still missing after floodwaters ripped through the campsite where he had stationed his caravan.

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The man had been helping the rescue of some 119 German children and youths who were camping in Saint-Julien-de-Peyrolas.

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr"><a href=";ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#nature</a> <a href=";ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#FlashFlood</a> <a href=";ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#flood</a><br><br>flash floods reported in Pierrelatte France via: MeteoExpress<br><br>♒️♒️<a href=";ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#ThursdayMotivation</a> <a href=";ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#ThursdayThoughts</a> <a href=";ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#video</a><a href=""></a></p>&mdash; You Must Do✍️© (@youmustdo1) <a href="">August 9, 2018</a></blockquote>

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According to witness statements, the 75-year-old German sought shelter in his camper when fast-flowing water burst the banks of the nearby L'Ardeche river, but the vehicle was swept away with him still in it.

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Around 1,600 people have been evacuated from a campsite southern France, flowing flash floods. Jolien van Dijk, a resident of Montclus, witnessed the flooding and filmed this video. <a href=""></a></p>&mdash; BBC Radio 5 Live (@bbc5live) <a href="">August 9, 2018</a></blockquote>

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Driving your caravan down to France during the summer months is immensely popular for both German and Dutch families.

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They load up the camper with all possible foods and pay a quite low fare to stand at a campsite for a few weeks while using the car to visit the nearby towns.


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