Haute-Marne remains placed on orange alert for floods

Haute-Marne remains placed on orange alert for floods
Haute-Marne remains placed on orange alert for floods

Following the violent storms of the night of Saturday, June 29, 2024, Haute-Marne was placed on orange alert by Météo-France. An alert maintained on Monday, June 1is July. Storms from the southwest to the northeast of France caused significant material damage and the death of three elderly people in Aube.

The Vigicrues government website, which reports the level of the various rivers in the territory, indicates that the upstream of the Marne is subject to overflows. The weekend storms caused “a sudden rise in river levels causing overflows on the upper Saulx and upper Marne sections”. “In the Chaumont/Condes area, the flood peak will be reached during the day on Monday,” it is indicated.

An “exceptional flood for the season”

In a publication on the social network X, meteorologist Guillaume Séchet shows that the upper course of the Marne should exceed 3 meters in height. According to the graphs published by Vigicrues, the river level should not begin to decline before the very end of the day. At the height of the flood, the Marne could reach 3.24 m, its highest level ever recorded by the Mussey station. It’s about a “exceptional flood for the season” for this part of the watercourse.

Traveling in the area this Sunday, June 30, prefect Régine Pam noted the damage caused by rising waters “very fast, in a quarter of an hour “, she explained to theFrance Media Agency (AFP). Residents of a campsite were trapped by mudslides. In the department, 300 firefighters were mobilized, while an accommodation center was opened in a gymnasium in Joinville. Only two minor injuries were reported, 70 victims were able to be taken in by the Red Cross.

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