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Floods in Normandy: The Rivers la Dives and Vie on Orange Alert

The rivers La Dives and La Vie in Normandy have been placed on orange alert for risk of floods. Tuesday 12th June, 2018, overflows have already been noted in the Pays d’Auge.

Tuesday, June 12, 2018, the inhabitants of Vimoutiers (Orne) woke up with their feet in the water . Due to heavy rainfall , the La Vie River was in flood . A hundred inhabitants and a dozen businesses were affected by floods.

Video. Floods after the flood of Life in Vimoutiers .

Consequence of this phenomenon, the river is also out of bed on the side of Livarot Pays d’Auge and Val de Vie. Firefighters set up a crisis center on site.

Until Wednesday afternoon

La Vie, but also La Dives, were placed in orange vigilance for risk of floods, at least until Wednesday 13th June, 2018 in the middle of the afternoon, indicates the prefecture:

“The maximum of the flood is expected between 9.30pm and midnight in Saint-Pierre-sur-Dives. Preventive surveillance is being implemented in this sector and that of Mézidon-Vallée d’Auge. Concerning the sector of Livarot, touched in the afternoon, the recession is initiated on la Vie.”




“The security and rescue services with communities are mobilized to ensure the safety of people, confirms the prefecture of Calvados. Thirty interventions by the departmental fire and rescue service were already carried out in the sector at 3 pm “.

Firefighters intervened several times, Tuesday, June 12, 2018, in Vimoutiers (Orne) for floods
Firefighters intervened several times, Tuesday, June 12, 2018, in Vimoutiers (Orne) for floods

Behavioral tips for floods

• remain alert near a watercourse or a normally floodable area;
• respect road signs;
• Do not venture on foot or by vehicle on a road, even if slightly flooded, to avoid
any risk of falling into a ditch or manhole;
• keep abreast of the situation: https://www.vigicrues.gouv.fr/bulletin-national.php
• do not approach electrical

transformer stations that are submerged

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