After strong storms, Calvados on orange alert for floods, no train between Caen and Argentan

After strong storms, Calvados on orange alert for floods, no train between Caen and Argentan
After strong storms, Calvados on orange alert for floods, no train between Caen and Argentan

Normandy was hit by violent storms at the end of the day, Sunday May 12, 2024. In particular Calvados, in the Mézidon-Canon and Lisieux sectors where roads were covered with several centimeters of water and houses flooded .

Calvados in raw orange vigilance

As a result this Monday, May 13, in a few hours, the level of the Dives rose by one meter. Vigicrues indicates: “Yesterday’s storms generated significant accumulations in the intermediate part of the Dives watershed (Bretteville/Dives sector). A significant rise in water levels is underway at the Mesnil-Mauger station. Moderate flood. Rapid upward trend in water levels at the Mesnil-Mauger station. »

Furthermore, Touques and Calonne are on yellow alert. For this reason, the Calvados department is placed on orange flood alert for the whole of Monday, as indicated by Météo France, on X.

No trains between Caen and Argentan

The orange flood alert means that roads may be flooded, rail traffic disrupted or power cuts may occur.

This is the case in the Vendeuvre-Jort sector: heavy flooding disrupts train traffic between Caen and Argentan (Orne), in both directions. Trains are at a standstill this Monday morning. Traffic should resume around noon. In the meantime, replacement buses are being put in place.

The advice in this context of risk of significant flooding is to avoid approaching watercourses and bridges, to take shelter on high points if the water rises quickly, to not engage on a submerged road (even partially), avoid traveling, monitor rising water levels, do not go underground and keep your belongings safe.

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