VIGILANCE – Absolute vigilance. Météo France placed the Gard department on red alert at the end of the morning due to the violent thunderstorms, rains and hail that have been falling since the end of the night this morning on September 14 in the Gard and the Nîmois basin. Six other departments are still placed in orange vigilance, since the 10am bulletin from Météo France. These are Hérault, Aveyron, Haute-Garonne, Lot, Tarn and Tarn-et-Garonne.

This rainy-stormy situation should continue until early afternoon in the north of the Hérault and especially in the Gard, with locally violent thunderstorms that are not very mobile, in particular in the first reliefs of the Gard.

At midday, the Gard firefighters explained that they had not yet carried out “significant interventions related to this meteorological event”, 23 people trapped in their vehicle had been brought to safety.

Some 70 non-emergency interventions for flooded premises or water infiltration will be treated once the rainy episode is over, they added.

Remarkable electrical density on the #Gard with more than 10,000 flashes since 6am this morning. Virulent and torrential thunderstorms in progress. pic.twitter.com/rHV7LDnS9a

Explosive situation in the east of Languedoc with the formation of a violent thunderstorm accompanied by torrential rains, which shifts in the region of # Nîmes. 151 mm observed in 2 hours at Quissac. pic.twitter.com/imAaaZcK6Q

On social networks, images of torrential rains and the first floods began to abound. Shortly before 1 p.m., Météo France reported 200mm of rain that had fallen in the morning just southwest of Nîmes.

Castastrophe in the #Gard with intensifying floods like here in Calvisson! Great caution! Video: All rights reserved Sam Rzl for @ MeteoLanguedocpic.twitter.com / 9WFz1jmhdR

[DIRECT] #Gard: a downpour has been falling on the department since the start of the morning with 151 mm recorded in 2 hours at #Quissac including 98 mm in 1 hour! Beware of runoff and difficult traffic conditions, the # Nîmes sector is now affected. @ LCIpic.twitter.com / 5tHFujt0CO

The rains made traffic difficult on part of the A9 motorway and the entrance ramp to the Gallargues interchange (n ° 26), between Nîmes and Montpellier, was closed, in the direction of Lyon and the Spain.

Preventively, 12 firefighters specializing in whitewater rescue were pre-positioned towards Nîmes and 20 other firefighters positioned as reinforcements in the rescue centers of Uzès and Saint-Geniès-de-Malgoire, said Commander Tanguy Salgues du Gard departmental fire and rescue service.

Civil security indicated at the start of the afternoon that 350 firefighters and rescuers were also mobilized, as well as 3 helicopters pre-positioned in Nîmes.

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