New rainfall, sometimes up to 160 millimeters per square meter, according to Météo-France have hit on Thursday afternoon Nîmes and the Gard region, causing widespread flooding in this region already affected Tuesday by torrential rains.
The prefecture of Gard reactivated the crisis unit to manage the consequences of these storms that particular led to the interruption of railway traffic between Nimes and Lunel (Hérault) due to flooding at the height of Gallargues (Gard). A9 Highway was closed in both directions between Orange (Vaucluse) and Narbonne (Aude), as A54 between Nimes and Salon-de-Provence (Bouches-du-Rhône).
In the center of Nîmes, traffic was difficult due to flooding of several streets, have we learned from the prefecture. According to the crisis, most of the county roads in the south and north of the city, are cut.
The Vistre downstream from Nîmes, is in flood and large excesses are to be feared in the south of Nîmes and in Petite Camargue, including Vauvert, The Cailar and Vestric-et-Candiac.
« L’épisode pluvieux d’aujourd’hui est plus important que celui de mardi, mais surtout, nous n’étions pas en alerte rouge et les gens se sont faits surprendre », a estimé Jacques-Olivier Liby, conseiller municipal de Nîmes. Selon lui, « en raison de l’alerte orange, de nombreuses personnes vont se rendre compte dans la soirée seulement qu’elles ne peuvent retourner chez elles »…