Helicopters help evacuate 1,600 campers after flooding in southern France

Helicopters help evacuate 1,600 campers after flooding in southern France

He was sheltering inside the caravan - said by police to have later been found "empty and in pieces" - after being trapped by muddy, fast-flowing water after the Ardeche river burst its banks. When things had calmed down around four-ish we went down to the village and were met by the sight of water pouring down streets from hills into a completely changed raging river'.

Four German children were hospitalized for hypothermia in Bagnols-sur-Ceze, a town on the Ceze River, Dousset said.

One person is missing and more than 1,600 people have been evacuated as a result of flooding in southern France, officials said. All in the group, who are from the city of Leverkusen, are all accounted for and safe. Five campsites in the area have been evacuated'.

In one summer camp in Saint-Julien-de-Peyrolas, 119 children were evacuated.

According to UK Met Office nearly three inches of rain fell over south-east France in 24 hours.

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The Pierce County Sheriff's Office said the man, who has been identified as Richard Russell , was 29 years old and "suicidal". Sheriff's department officials said they were working to conduct a background investigation on the Pierce County resident.

More than 400 firefighters and gendarmes, many sent in from other regions, helped in the evacuations, using helicopters to spot campsites and occasionally to perform rescues.

Locals are being urged to keep a close eye on weather conditions and warned flooding would take time to recede.

Shock pictures show rescuers picking through tents destroyed by the deluge, which saw around three inches of rain fall within a day.

The French weather service has issued orange and yellow alerts for parts of southeast France that will remain in place until 4pm.

About 17,000 homes in southwest and northeast France were without power and several roads were closed as a result of the floods.

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