Roads destroyed and cars swept away as violent flash floods hit Neuchâtel, Switzerland


Violent flash floods swept through Neuchâtel Canton in Switzerland on June 22, 2021, damaging homes, destroying roads, and sweeping away vehicles. 

According to figures released by MeteoSwiss, Cressier recorded 55 mm (2.16 inches) of rain on June 22, including 34.5 mm (1.35 inches) within just one hour. This is on top of 34 mm (1.33 inches) on June 21.

The local government said ensuing flash floods sent debris into Cressier and Frochaux, damaging around 75 buildings, destroying roads, and sweeping away vehicles.

A5 motorway was temporarily closed to the traffic towards Biel and Lausanne.

"We thought we were dying, we had no help," said Yann Berger from Cressier. Berger said he was in the attic of his house with his wife and two little daughters.

Image credit: Police Neuchâteloise 

Image credit: Police Neuchâteloise

Image credit: Police Neuchâteloise

Image credit: Neuchâtel Canton

Featured image credit: Neuchâtel Canton


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