Flash floods hit Marseille after 2 months' worth of rain overnight, France

Flash floods hit parts of the city of Marseille in southern France on October 4, 2021, after 173 mm (6.8 inches) of rainfall fell overnight, with most of it in the space of 2 hours. The amount represents 2 months' worth of the city's average October rainfall. Travel was disrupted in the region and a number of train services were suspended.

Meteo France warned of the risk of significant flooding along the banks of Huveaune River, which runs through Marseille, and urged locals to be vigilant as storms were expected to last into the night.

Some of the residents living on the banks of the river in the Saint-Loup district were evacuated ahead of the storms.

The worst affected were parts of eastern Marseille, including the areas of Valmante, Les Olives, La Valentine and La Pomme.

Marseille Mayor Benoit Payan ordered residents to stay at home, amid concerns that further rainfall may intensify flooding.

Heavy rains also hit central parts of the country on October 3, with 150 and 300 mm (5.9 - 11.8 inches) of rain in 24 hours over Cevennes, and up to 458.5 mm (18 inches) in Villefort, Lozere -- representing about 3 to 4 months of rain.

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