Beginning locally on the side of Nérac, Marmande and Agen, the stormy episode which led the services of Meteo France to classify the department in orange vigilance, in particular because of the heavy rains, particularly affected the Agenais, this Wednesday September 8 from 8 pm.

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TO?? to such an extent that rescue operations took place in Agen, rue des Charretiers and rue Fon de Rachà ©, in the sector of Jasmin. Other evacuations by the firefighters take place on the side of the Passage-dâ ???? Agen.

TO?? Agen, in less than three hours, from the start of the evening, a cumulative rainfall of “129.6 mm” fell on the city, the equivalent of two months, an “absolute record in 24 hours at this station” in Agen, according to MÃ © o-France. A crisis unit was opened in the town hall, as well as in the prefecture. We had to find rehousing solutions for residents of some particularly affected streets. Two people have been relocated.

The most affected area is rue des Charretiers next to boulevard de la RÃ © publique. In the houses of this street, the divers of the firefighters carried out reconnaissance. There are no victims to mourn.

“It went up extremely quickly. We just had time to save our shoes. ”In barely twenty minutes, the water infiltrated the ground floor of Yannick Boyer’s home, resident rue des Charretiers, in the Jasmin district, in Agen.
“We have a meter of water outside the door,” he laments. Refugee upstairs, this Agenais noticed this rapid rise in water levels by reactivating his electric meter, located on the ground floor. pavement. “We have two. One of the two dropped some of our neighbors in the dark. ”

The firefighters made sure, after the deluge, that no inhabitant was trapped in the neighborhood. “Fortunately, most of the houses have an upper floor”, details Yannick Boyer who, at 10:30 pm, still did not see the water level drop. On the ground floor and in his garage, which was also flooded, were cars, washing machine and so many other effectsâ ?? ¦

“Rue Denfert-Rochereau, in Agen, near the Alià © nor residence, there is indeed a meter of water in the street, says David Arlabosse. It’s like that until the Sacrà © -Coeur. It’s 10:36 pm and, at the moment, the level hardly drops. From the balcony, we see a car coming. She has water up to the hood and prefers to reverse. We saw them go by, an Uber Eats scooter at the start. It took a maximum of 30 to 45 minutes to reach this level. I’ve never seen that. “

Lying trees, flooded and impassable roads, the interventions are multiplying for, without it being possible at 10:45 p.m. to identify the exact number of interventions since the beginning of the © climatic episode.

Restaurants, such as Pronto Al Gusto in Agen Sud have reported damage in their establishments, the business areas in the surrounding area. Not being spared by the rising water levels, just like some housing estates, especially on the side of Sérignac-sur-Garonne.

At 11:15 pm the rain stopped and the water started to drop, revealing many damaged cars and basements.

The president of the Departmental Council, Sophie Borderie, also president of Sdis 47 indicates, shortly after 11 p.m., more than 150 interventions carried out by the firefighters in the evening, and ensures the mobilization of all the on-call officers of the road service alongside the populations.

Ref: https://www.sudouest.fr