At least 10 dead after Leslie produces flash floods in southern France
Heavy rainfall from former Hurricane Leslie triggered deadly flash flooding in the Aude region of southern France from Sunday night into Monday morning.
At least 10 people have been killed in flash floods that were triggered by several months' worth of rain that fell in just a few hours, according to the Associated Press. Several victims were reportedly swept away by the torrent of water while sleeping.
“We have people stranded on rooftops. We’re going to have to use aircraft to evacuate them because we cannot reach them by boat given the force of the water. It’s too dangerous,” Alain Thirion, the prefect of Aude, told BFM TV.
The city of Carcassonne received 141 mm (5.6 inches) of rain during the deluge. This is more than 200 percent of the normal monthly rainfall for all of October.
The villages of Conques-sur-Orbiel and Villardonnel are among the hardest-hit areas, where floodwaters reached the first-floor windows of homes.
The town of Trebes saw water levels rise eight meters (26 feet) in only 5 hours.
Around 1,000 people have been evacuated due to fears of a dam failure near Carcassonne. Elsewhere, residents are being advised to stay home and schools in the area remain closed.
Additional showers are expected across the region into Tuesday; however, no heavy rainfall is forecast in the next 24 hours.
Another round of heavy rainfall may affect the hardest-hit areas on Thursday as moisture from former Hurricane Michael impacts eastern Spain and southern France.
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