Record-breaking rain hits France again, Paris breaks rainfall record set in 1960

Record-breaking rain hits France again, Paris breaks rainfall record set in 1960

France is again on our radar with record-breaking June rainfall that triggered floods and caused damage and injuries on June 11 and 12, 2018.

Fire and rescue service of Seine-et-Marne department in northern France responded to 816 calls for assistance on Monday and Tuesday, June 11 and 12, 2018, after torrential rains caused rivers to rapidly rise, flooding homes and disrupting traffic.

Authorities said they dispatched 250 firefighters with more than 70 vehicles to worst affected areas such as Chessy, Claye-Souilly, Pomponne, Chambry, Crécy la Chapelle, Rebais, La-Ferte Gaucher and Bellot. Some 100 homes were flooded in Chambry.

Between Saint-Remy-les-Chevreuse and Courcelle-sur-Yvette, southwest of capital Paris, heavy rain caused an embankment to collapse, causing a suburban train to overturn and injuring 7 people.

Hundreds of people have been evacuated across the country, most of them in the South-West where entire towns were underwater.

According to figures provided by Meteo France, Paris recorded 78 mm (3.07 inches) of rain in 24 hours to June 12. The amount it received is a record for a June day, breaking the previous record of 58 mm (2.28 inches) measured in 1960.

Orly recorded 75 mm (2.95 inches) in 24 hours, which is its highest daily record ever. Torcy recorded 108 mm (4.25 inches) during the same period. This is also its highest ever amount measured in one day.

Nantes in Brittany broke its daily June record with 71 mm (2.79 inches). Its previous record was 41 mm (1.61 inches) set on June 5, 2018.

Rivers are at Orange level (3 of 4) in over 20 locations across the country, FloodList reports, but heavy rain France has been experiencing for several weeks is now gradually coming to an end.

"The last 24 hours have, however, been the culmination of a very rainy situation in the northern regions of the Loire between the Pays de la Loire, the Paris region and Champagne-Ardenne. A slow improvement is taking shape with less stormy weather by the end of the week," Meteo France meteorologists said.

Featured image courtesy Infos Françaises

Register/become a supporter

Support us AD-FREE

Your support is crucial for our survival. It makes this project fully self-sustainable and keeps us independent and focused on the content we love to create and share. 

Monthly subscription

Subscription options

Yearly subscription

Subscription options

You'll receive your ad-free account for 20x faster browsing experience, clean interface without any distractions, ability to post comments without prior editorial check, all our desktop and mobile applications (current and upcoming) ad-free and with the full set of features available, a direct line of communication and much more. See all options.


No comments yet. Why don't you post the first comment?

Post a comment

Your name: *

Your email address: *

Comment text: *

The image that appears on your comment is your Gravatar