images of bad weather in Mayenne and Maine-et-Loire

images of bad weather in Mayenne and Maine-et-Loire
images of bad weather in Mayenne and Maine-et-Loire

A major flood of the Oudon river, which crosses Mayenne and Maine-et-Loire, worries Météo-France which has placed the two departments on red alert. The town of Craon was particularly affected by heavy flooding this Thursday, June 20.

Mayenne and Maine-et-Loire were placed on red alert this Thursday, June 20, due to “exceptional overflows” of the Oudon river, which crosses the two departments.

Impressive floods in Craon

The town of Craon, in Mayenne, is the most affected: the river has reached a level of 3.25 meters, well beyond the “historic flood” of 1996 (2.86 m), according to Vigicrues. Several streets were flooded by midday, with water rising waist-deep in places. On X, a journalist from Ouest France posted videos of the streets of Libération and the Vieux Pont completely flooded at the end of the morning.

Residents were taken care of by firefighters and gendarmes, as indicated by the prefect of Mayenne on

The flooded streets of Craon in Mayenne – Laetitia DREVET / AFP
The flooded streets of Craon in Mayenne – Laetitia DREVET / AFP
The flooded streets of Craon in Mayenne – Laetitia DREVET / AFP

The decline began during the afternoon but heavy rainfall is still expected in the next 24 hours, “could cause new reactions on the course of the Oudon”, warns Météo-France.

The river has burst its banks at Segré-en-Anjou

In Maine-et-Loire, record rainfall occurred on Wednesday evening, the equivalent of two months in a few hours. The Oudon river has burst its banks in Segré-en-Anjou, some fields have been flooded and nearby houses could be affected.

Floods in Segré-en-Anjou in Maine-et-Loire – BFMTV
Floods in Segré-en-Anjou in Maine-et-Loire – BFMTV
Floods in Segré-en-Anjou in Maine-et-Loire – BFMTV

“All municipal services and agents are on alert, emergency services too, we are monitoring hour by hour to find out how the level of the river is evolving,” explained Bruno Chauvin, the mayor of the commune of Segré-en-Anjou ( Maine-et-Loire), on BFMTV.

The peak of the flood is expected for the late evening or middle of the night.

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