France floods: German man missing, 1600 campers evacuated

Cheryl Sanders
August 12, 2018

Some people were concerned, but the campsite were good at reassuring us.

A top Gard official, Thierry Dousset, told BFM-TV about 750 people were evacuated from five campsites.

A British woman who was on holiday in the neighbouring Ardeche region said floodwaters that hit a site near one river were extraordinary.

Rescue workers continued Friday to search for the missing man, who has not yet been identified.

'Driving in our camper van was very frightening as the road by the river was completely under water and waterfalls had appeared from nowhere, crashing down the gorge'.

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.

A French prosecutor says that two Germans detained after 119 children were evacuated from their flooded campsite in southern are being sent before an investigative judge for possible charges of involuntary injury by endangering others.

'No one has suitcases.

'The situation is extremely perilous, ' said a spokesman for the emergency services in the town of Bagnols-sur-Ceze, north of Avignon, where the drama happened.

Hundreds of firefighters backed by four helicopters were involved in the evacuation mission.

Heavy rain meant tents were destroyed, while about 17,000 homes were without power.

UK Met Office meteorologist Marco Petagna said almost 3in (7.6cm) of rain fell over the area in 24 hours.

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

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