According to a Météo France forecaster, the 24-hour precipitation record was broken in barely an hour. Lot-et-Garonne is one of the 32 departments placed in orange vigilance for thunderstorms.
The violent thunderstorms that hit several departments, especially in southwestern France, caused historic rainfall in Agen (Lot-et-Garonne) on Wednesday, September 8. Never had such rainfall been measured in this city since the start of Météo France surveys. In the flooded streets, filmed by residents, the water sometimes reaches up to 2 meters in height, say the firefighters to France Televisions.
Spotting operation to evacuate residents in the DRC, Water still has me. #thunderstorms #agen #floods pic.twitter.com/UOL7yktTKI
Nearly 129 mm of water fell on Agen during this storm, explained Météo France on Twitter, including 80.5 mm in barely an hour. This is the equivalent of two months of rain in the town. The previous record for rainfall was 74 mm in 24 hours.
➡️ Between 7 p.m. and 10 p.m., 128.8mm of rain fell (the equivalent of more than 2 months of rain). Be careful, however: It will be necessary to wait until tomorrow morning to have the final value of the rains that fell on September 8 in the city.
“We have a lot of flooded cellars and garages (…) but for the moment only material damage” explained the first deputy mayor of Agen, Clémence Brandolin-Robert, on BFMTV on Wednesday evening. According to her, the floods are explained by “too much water in the networks”. A coordination unit was opened by the town hall.
The firefighters had carried out about sixty interventions at 11 p.m. in Agen and the surrounding area, according to the chief of staff of the prefect of Lot-et-Garonne, interviewed by franceinfo. Nineteen people were “taken to safety”, and no deaths were recorded, he added. The authorities urge you to avoid the city center, in particular the Jasmin district.
More broadly, up to 342 municipalities, during the peak of bad weather around 10 p.m., were subject to an intense rain warning at the municipal level (Apic), according to a Météo France service. Like Agen, the majority of these municipalities are located on a strip covering the east of the Gers, Lot-et-Garonne and Dordogne.
According to France Bleu Périgord, the firefighters carried out around thirty operations in the Dordogne, to secure roads and shelter residents in a dozen municipalities including Bergerac and Périgueux. They had not noticed any injuries at 10 p.m.
In total, 32 departments were placed on orange vigilance by Météo France until Thursday morning. The Aude is also placed on orange vigilance against flooding.
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