“We are going to experience an unprecedented storm event,” the mayor of Marcel Benoit Payne warned on BFMTV on Monday morning, saying “for the first time in twenty years” the city has been placed on red alert.
In June 2019, a red alert was triggered on the Bouches-du-Rhône, but only for the heat wave.
As a precaution, residents in Saint-Loop district were evacuated just before 2:00 p.m. Buses took them to the gym.
In the area below the highway, residents have become accustomed to flooding. Eli and Monique Capudo, Octogenarians, claim in 1978 that “the house had 1.80 m of water”. “I’m not overly determined,” Monique admitted.
In Marseille, it fell to 180 mm of water overnight, “equivalent to several months of rain”, according to Motto-France. Domestically, some sections of the Bouches-du-Rhône may have accumulated 240 mm of water by the end of this chapter.
In total, the department announced that about 200 firefighters have been used as reinforcements in Boch-to-Ron, in addition to the marine firefighters in Marseille.
An hour after the lessons began, authorities amplified warning messages to Marseilles asking them to pick up their children from school and then stay home.
Waste and rain, toxic cocktails
A week after the garbage collectors’ strike and resumption of work on weekends, on Monday the rubbish piled up on the city streets, scattered by rain, and some dumped into the sea. Isabelle Poitou, biologist and director of the Marter Association in Marseille, condemned the situation as “catastrophic”, with waste being dumped on the beach and at sea in the coming days.
If the metropolitan area’s 650 agents were on the ground Monday morning to ensure their collection and cleaning work, their work would have been hampered “to allow for better drainage of rainwater, and to offer drainage cleaning concessions.”
The SNCF announced the intersection of several regional lines from Marseille to Ix-en-Provence, Toulon, Cote Blu, Names and Montpellier.
By Monday afternoon, five departments with flood and thunderstorms were still orange, according to Motto France: War, 500 firefighters lined up, Alpes-de-Hot-Provence, Alpes-Meridims, Hot-Course, War and Vauxhall.
Late in the morning, heavy thunderstorms lashed the east coast of Corsica, where 150 mm of rain fell.
In the War and Alps-Maritime, schools were also closed from noon. The Bricnolis (War) area has already accumulated 200 millimeters.
In the Alps-Meridims, the last victim department, the prepper residents of the Alps-Meridims were advised to leave their workplaces as soon as possible. One year ago, on October 2, 2020, Nice Interland, which was on red alert, was hit by violent rain, which killed 10 people and left eight missing.
Faced with new threats from the sky on Monday, the tribute ceremonies organized on Monday morning for the rescue troops who attended these events have been canceled.
In its last announcement, Motto-France scheduled the event to end at 22:00. Since the beginning of the year, it has sparked six red awareness campaigns on mainland France.
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