Heavy rain showers and thunderstorms broke out this Tuesday afternoon in several areas in Provence. In Pignans (Var), the D97 is closed to traffic. In Salon-de-Provence (Bouches-du-Rhône), a false ceiling has collapsed in the hospital hall.

Very heavy localized showers broke out this Tuesday afternoon in several sectors in Provence. In Pignans (Var), the D97 is cut off at 4.30 p.m. 30 cm of water cover the roadway near the Carrefour Market. There is mud and debris of all kinds. The gendarmerie advises to avoid the area by favoring the A57 motorway or passing through Besse / Issole by D13 and DN7. Numerous relief interventions were launched.

At 5.30 p.m., the phenomenon shifts, easing towards the coast (from Grimaud to Lavandou) via La Môle and Cavalaire where the cumulative rainfall could reach 30 to 40 mm depending on the Var prefecture. The prefect calls for the greatest vigilance when traveling, as roads may have been weakened by the effect of precipitation.

In Salon-de-Provence, the storm lasted about fifteen minutes “but was very significant”, explains the mayor Nicolas Isnard who noted material damage. About thirty firefighters were mobilized. At the Salon-de-Provence hospital, a false ceiling collapsed in the hospital hall, but without causing injuries, according to the first findings.

Nicolas, a resident of rue Kennedy testifies to France Bleu Provence: “In 20 minutes, the entire road was submerged and I saw the water rushing into my house (…) the neighboring businesses were all affected “.

In the town, several cellars and basements were flooded, but without causing victims or injuries.

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Two volunteer firefighters from Yonne on a mission in the Var since July find themselves at the heart of the fire

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