The Ardèche is on an orange rain-flood and flood alert this Sunday, October 3. The firefighters of the Ardèche have already carried out a hundred interventions, 30 people surprised by the sudden rise in the waters of rivers and streams have been brought to safety.

8:45 p.m.: The occupant of the caravan carried away in the current of the Baume was found. He was sheltered under a canopy, mildly hypothermic. Firefighters took him to Aubenas hospital.

7:45 p.m.: The road from Vogüé-village to Vogüé-station is closed due to the flooding of the Ardèche.

7:30 p.m .: Ardèche firefighters have already carried out around 100 operations, mainly in Rosières and Joyeuse and in the Aubenas region. In addition to the flooded cellars and premises, they brought to safety around thirty people trapped by the rising waters in different places. In Montpezat-sous-Bauzon for example, a car was driven by a river in flood. The firefighters put the four occupants out of danger.

7 p.m .: A man found hypothermic in Rosières. This septuagenarian who went for his Sunday walk was reported missing by his family. In fact, he was trapped by the rising waters of the Baume and had taken to safety under a bridge. He was found by firefighters and taken to Aubenas hospital. The firefighters are also carrying out reconnaissance along the Baume because a caravan was seen in the current. We don’t know if it was empty.

6.30 p.m .: The rivers of South Ardèche have risen from their beds. Several reference floods were exceeded with a sudden rise in water levels. The decline begins slightly for the Baume which reached 4m62 at 6.15pm. Decline also started for Chassezac in Gravières according to Vigicrues.

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6 p.m .: The phenomenon is shifting eastwards, towards Largentière and Privas. Most of the precipitation has passed in the Ardèche Cévennes but according to Météo France it will still rain continuously until Monday morning. So far, it is in Sablières that the highest cumulative rainfall has been recorded: 337 millimeters. 316 millimeters were recorded at Loubaresse and La Souche. In the coming hours, the episode of rain will affect the Rhône valley.

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5:45 p.m.: At this time, the firefighters were at about ten operations between Aubenas and Thueyts linked to bad weather.

5.30 p.m.: The heavy rains cause a sudden flooding of the rivers, upstream of the Ardèche, Chassezac and Baume. Due to runoff, the D5 between Fabras and Jaujac is cut. The D4 is also cut between Planzolles and Montselgues.

5 p.m .: The heaviest rainfall is still concentrated in the Ardèche Cévennes, from Les Vans to Rocles, via Malarce-sur-la-Thines. But the episode also affects the Ardèche mountains as far as Cheylard, passing through Meyras, Laviole and Mezilhac.

4 p.m .: According to Météo France, this Cévenol episode reached its climax at this time. The southern part of the Cévennes is the most affected. Since the start of the episode, 281 millimeters of rain have fallen in Loubaresse, 262 mm in Sablières, 217 mm in La Souche and 100 to 200 millimeters in most stations in the south of the Ardèche. Some lightning strikes were also noted. The department is crossed by a southerly wind with peaks at 70 km / h.

All the head basins of the Ardèche are in flood, namely the upstream Ardèche, the Baume and the Chassezac. “The thunderstorms this afternoon and in the evening will accelerate these reactions,” says one on the Vigicrues site. The Ardèche downstream should in turn be in flood in the evening. The overflows should remain “limited in the non-damaging ranges, although under strong thunderstorm intensities rapid ascents may be observed.”

12 noon: In all, 560 Ardèche firefighters are available in barracks this Sunday throughout the department. Eight whitewater rescuers are ready to intervene in Joyeuse and Aubenas. At the end of the morning, there is no big damage to be deplored. Almost everywhere, the gusts of wind caused multiple falls of trees and electric wires on the public road, from the north of the Ardèche to Vallon-Pont-d’Arc.

11 am: A Cévennes episode is underway this Sunday, October 3 in Ardèche. The department is on orange alert for rain-floods and yellow for strong winds and thunderstorms. Precipitation gradually intensifies with cumulative rainfall exceeding 10 to 20 millimeters per hour. These rains may be accompanied by thunderstorms in the afternoon and evening.

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Météo France forecasts a total of 250 to 350 millimeters of rain by Monday morning on the relief of the south of the Cévennes, 100 to 150 millimeters in the north of the Cévennes. A rainstorm is expected in the rest of the Ardèche but it should be less violent, with accumulations of 100 millimeters maximum. The west of the Drôme could also be affected.

Several rivers are under surveillance. The upstream Ardèche, the Baume and the Chassezac are in crude orange vigilance. The Ardèche downstream is on yellow alert. In the event of an overflow, potentially submersible roads and fords can become impassable.

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