Thursday, 16 August, 2018

Two Germans held in France over flooded youth campground

Saint-Julien-de-Peyrolas southern France.- The bad weather caused large power cuts and a man who was working in a summer camp went Rescuers walk past a damaged tent in a flooded campsite
Melinda Barton | 12 August, 2018, 16:53

Hardest hit was the Gard region, where 119 children, many of them from Germany, were evacuated from their campsite at Saint-Julien-de-Peyrolas, Interior Minister Gerard Collomb said in a statement.

About 750 people in total - including many British holidaymakers - were evacuated in Gard, mainly from campsites, district officials reported.

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

A damaged caravan in a camping ground as storms and heavy rains sweep across France.

A French judge placed two German nationals accused of operating an unlicensed holiday camp in southern France under formal investigation after a flash-flood swept through the site, leaving several children injured and one man missing.

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.

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

'No one has suitcases.

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

Supported by four helicopters, more than 400 firefighters and paramilitary officers were mobilized for the rescue operation.

Locals are being urged to keep a close eye on weather conditions and warned flooding would take time to recede.

Flood alerts continue across the southeast region, and 17,000 homes in the southwest and northeast are without power.

According to UK Met Office nearly three inches of rain fell over south-east France in 24 hours.