a violent nocturnal storm drowns South Vienna

a violent nocturnal storm drowns South Vienna
a violent nocturnal storm drowns South Vienna

The rain gauges and ditches are full! A new, very active storm line fell last night from Tuesday June 18 to Wednesday June 19, 2024 in South Vienna, causing ditches already soaked by the stormy rains of the previous hours to overflow.

This Wednesday morning, many secondary network roads are flooded in a vast area going from Saint-Germain to L’Isle-Jourdain, going up to Chauvigny and Gençay.

Over the last twelve hours, several storm lines have crossed the department.
© Capture Keraunos

The entire eastern part of the Vienne department was affected by intense rainfall, with sometimes very impressive accumulations of almost 60 mm of rain.

Torrential rains fell on already soggy land.

“At my place, 135 mm of rain has fallen since Friday”

This Wednesday morning, it’s time for cleaning again at La Ferrière-Airoux. The village suffered hail, two violent storms ten hours apart and violent gusts of wind which felled century-old trees.

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At Pinier, the Dupuis family is saddened and rejoiced at the same time. The large century-old oak topped with a “For Sale” sign facing their pavilion on the other side of the small road fell suddenly late Tuesday afternoon.

A hundred-year-old oak laid down by the wind

At Le Pinier, the wind pushed this century-old oak tree to the right side when it fell.
© Photo NR-CP, Emmanuel Coupaye

“It was five meters in circumference and thirty meters high. Look, there’s a meter of water under the roots. Since yesterday, the birds have been in panic, they no longer know where to go. I have fruit trees planted twenty years ago that are uprooted,” deplores Michel Dupuis. In shorts and boots, he cleans with relatives. His house is unscathed, his brother’s neighbor’s house saw 10 cm of muddy water surge. “We had 41 mm of water overnight, there had been 28 during the hail storm. »

The door whipped by the falling tree

A little further on, the rain gauge got a little more panicked. “Since Friday, it’s been 135 mm of water. We had 55 mm during the night and during the first storm 27 mm”says a local resident who uses a rake and chainsaw to erase the damage of the last twelve hours.

In its fall, a major branch of this ash tree struck the kitchen patio door.
© Photo NR-CP, Emmanuel Coupaye

The violent wind twisted several trees. A fir tree is topped and then there is this ash tree, part of whose branches have knocked on the tiles of the kitchen door. “It even opened the patio door. The neighbors came to help us, the solidarity worked well. The water even came into the garage. In forty years, this is the first time I’ve seen this. »

No more tar on the road

Fallen trees are cut down by residents.
© Photo NR-CP, Emmanuel Coupaye

Near the town hall, Stéphane plays the “since” to erase the last traces. “We had that hail”he mimes. “It happened suddenly, it was completely white, we could no longer see a meter away. »

Stéphane was finishing the cleaning after the water burst into the home.
© Photo NR-CP, Emmanuel Coupaye

Everywhere, water still flows from the fields. “In Romagne, towards La Cueille near Le Clain, there is no more tar on the road, everything is gone”a resident tells us. “In Voulon, we had almost nothing”rejoices a resident of the area spared by this storm which remained in his corridor.

New alert

The celebrations are short-lived. Vienne has been placed on reinforced yellow alert since 2 p.m. this Wednesday. The prefecture urged caution, citing gusts of 60 to 70 km/h in storms with hail and cumulative rainfall frequently exceeding 30 mm. They could locally reach 50 to 80 mm.

At the end of the day, indeed, the surroundings of Montmorillon in particular were once again treated to a storm dumping around thirty additional millimeters of water.

Precipitation which swells local watercourses with sometimes overflows and road cuts.

At Château-Garnier, the Clain even submerged the road as it crossed the town.

Evacuation of 56 people in the middle of the night in Payroux

The Vienne firefighters reported forty-four interventions during the night after the stormy episode which focused on the Gencéen from 12:45 a.m.

Around a hundred calls were received for flooded premises and falling trees.

Two safety measures had to be carried out, one for a “road wreck” and the other for a person evacuated from their house.

Finally, in Payroux, it was necessary to transfer the fifty-six residents of an addiction treatment establishment in La Gandillonnerie.

“In fact, patients on the ground floor were transferred to rooms upstairs because of water infiltration during the storm. »

These interventions mobilized thirty-two firefighters at the height of the episode.

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