The Old Port of Marseille to the brim, streets flooded, schools closed: heavy rains hit the Bouches-du-Rhône, a department placed in red vigilance by Météo-France for rain-flooding. These bad weather also affect the east of the region.

Météo France confirms its forecasts concerning a rain and storm degradation from 1 p.m. on the Var coast. These large thunderstorms then move inland, with attention to the west of the department (Provence Verte). The accumulations could exceed 200 mm. The Gapeau and its tributaries are placed on yellow flood vigilance for the day of Monday.

The prefect of the Var has requested the suspension of the reception of students (end of lessons) from all schools (except boarding schools) throughout the Var from 12 noon.

> Children who cannot be taken care of will be kept safe in their establishment.

Children who cannot be looked after by their parents at midday will be kept safe.

In the Brignoles sector, traffic is cut off on the following departmental roads: Traffic is impacted on the following departmental roads: – RD560 (Barjols – Ponteves): flooded and cut – RD554 (Barjols – Chateauvert): flooded and cut at the exit de Barjols (from PR.37) – RD45 (Chateauvert – Correns): flooded road, cut – RDN7 (Tourves-Brignoles): flooded and cut road – RD13 (Fox-Amphoux – Montmeyan): flooded and cut – RD60 ( Fox-Amphoux – Aups): flooded and cut – RD32 (Fox-Amphoux – Tavernes): traffic difficulties, significant water flow on the road.

The alert is yellow until 12 p.m. and changes to orange at midday until 9 p.m. The cabinet of the prefect of the Alpes-Maritimes comes to ask that schools and educational establishments be closed at noon in the Alpes-Maritimes.

> A public information unit (CIP) is activated to respond to requests from individuals. She can be reached on 09 70 80 90 40.

> As in the Var, children who could not be taken care of will be kept safe in their establishment. In addition, the prefect asks companies and administrations to release their staff early.

This weather alert comes one year almost to the day after storm Alex, which destroyed the valleys of Vésubie, Roya and to a lesser extent, Tinée, and 6 years after the 2015 floods in Mandelieu, Cannes and Antibes, which killed 20 people.

The city of Nice has just activated the vigilance cell of the communal PC, as well as other communes of these two departments. Civil protection men are on pre-alert. Measures are announced:

* All appointments given from noon at the vaccination center located at the Bandstand are moved to the next day in order to avoid the movement of people during bad weather;

* Access to the coastal path and the beaches of Nice is prohibited for anyone from 1 p.m.

* The City of Nice called on all traders and beach attendants to return their barnums and outdoor equipment and asked 21 pharmacies to close their Covid-19 screening barnums;

* The assembly of the “Smart Mobility Show” event at the Quai des Etats-Unis is suspended until further notice. The perimeter is secured by barriers preventing pedestrian circulation in this high-risk area.

One year after the tragedy of the floods in Roya and Vésubie, the ceremony to pay tribute to the help intervening in these bad weather, scheduled for Nice, was also canceled because of the weather risk.

As a precautionary measure and in order to facilitate travel for return home, the government, without closing schools and nurseries, has decided that parents who so wish can come and pick up their child (ren). now. Children who cannot be looked after by their parents will be looked after in their establishment as usual.

In addition, the Princely Government is asking employers in the private and public sectors to allow early departure from offices and to promote teleworking from the start of the afternoon.

The rainy-stormy episode is underway in the Bouches-du-Rhône, department in red. A strongly rainy line oriented north-south affects this area and gives cumulative rainfall of around 30 to 40 mm in 1 hour, with heavy rains that last a few hours before a relative lull. The accumulations become important, sometimes reaching 150 mm.

New very active storm cells are expected in the west of the PACA region and will then circulate in all the departments in orange vigilance.

In the Toulon sector, La Seyne-sur-Mer and Ollioules 12,000 households are without electricity. A transformer blew up due to heavy rains.

Ref: https://france3-regions.francetvinfo.fr