FLOODS – Torrential rains in the southwest have claimed one victim. A woman, who was reported missing Monday January 10 in Merville, north of Toulouse, was found dead in a ditch filled with water, AFP learned on Tuesday 11 from a police source.
This is a septuagenarian living in the town, as specified by the town hall on its Facebook page. The body of the 73-year-old victim was found 200 meters from his home. Her husband, worried, had sounded the alarm, not seeing her come back from a morning walk.
During the day, a dozen gendarmes as well as two dog groups and a helicopter had been deployed to search for this woman, who was found at nightfall. Sunday evening, due to a very important rainy episode, the department was placed on maximum rain and flood vigilance.
Note that after these torrential rains, the southwest is not yet sheltered from their repercussions. This Tuesday, January 11, eight departments were placed on flood orange vigilance by Météo France. The following are concerned: Haute-Garonne, Gers, Gironde, Landes, Lot-et-Garonne, Pyrénées-Atlantiques, Pyrénées-Orientales and Tarn-et-Garonne.
After the precipitation of the last few days, the forecaster is indeed expecting significant overflows from several rivers in the region.
In Toulouse, the Garonne has climbed to a very impressive level. Some of the most important measures of the last hundred years have been noted. In places, docks have been completely submerged in the city.
Faced with this situation, Météo France recalls that it is essential to take precautionary measures, and in particular not to enter a submerged path, to avoid basements and to keep informed of rising water levels. .
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