No more department in the South-East is on orange vigilance.
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Orange vigilance for thunderstorms and rain-flooding has been lifted for Bouches-du-Rhône, Vaucluse, Var, Alpes-de-Haute-Provence and Alpes-Maritimes, according to the latest Météo France bulletin published on Monday 4 October to 20 time. Haute-Corse remains the only department in orange vigilance for thunderstorms and for rain-flooding.
The mayor of Marseille Benoît Payan warned Monday morning against a “unprecedented stormy episode” claiming that it was “the first time in twenty years” that the city was placed in red vigilance. In June 2019, a red alert was triggered in the Bouches-du-Rhône, but for heat wave only.
Preventively, in the Saint-Loup district in Marseille, the inhabitants of houses located on the edge of the Huveaune, a river placed in orange vigilance to the floods, were even evacuated, before 2 p.m., and transported by coach to a gymnasium.
In the city it fell in one night “the equivalent of several months of precipitation”, up to 180 mm of water, according to Météo-France. Locally, certain sectors of Bouches-du-Rhône could have received water accumulations of 240 mm once this episode ended.
The authorities had multiplied the messages of caution to the Marseillais, asking them to pick up their children from school just one hour after the start of lessons, then to stay at home.