After months of drought, France is preparing to suffer violent storms on Wednesday, which in several regions could cause flooding. This is already the case for many roads and streets in the Montreuillois, which were flooded this Wednesday afternoon while a storm accompanied by intense rains crossed the borough, reports the Voix du Nord. In Beaurainville, muddy water rolled down some streets in the village. In Campagne-lès-Hesdin too, the water rose sharply.
The meteorological services have declared a state of alert for 13 departments, including several on the Mediterranean coast, in the Lyon region (center-east), in Normandy (north-west) and on the North coast, near Belgium .
On the Normandy coast and the Pas de Calais, “the stormy rains will be qualified, they can locally give up to 40 to 60 mm in a very short time”, warns the national meteorological service.
During the night of Tuesday to Wednesday, the previous stormy wave swept the South-East, from Aude to Var, but no significant damage was recorded, according to the emergency services interviewed by AFP.
With soils hardened by the extreme drought that reigns this summer in France (July was the driest month recorded in the country since 1961), precipitation is very little absorbed by the land, facilitating flash floods.
The bad weather has so far not caused any casualties but it has disrupted traffic in places, especially in Paris where several metro stations have been flooded and closed.