WEATHER: Heavy rains have battered Nantes on Sunday late afternoon. The department had not been placed on orange alert …
Houses and flooded parking lots, closed roads, cars trapped … While Meteo France placed 17 departments on orange alert for thunderstorms on Sunday night, torrential rain fell, at 6pm in the city of Nantes. The department of Loire-Atlantique however, was not placed in vigilance. According to the Weather Channel, more than 50 centimeters of rain had fallen in some places of the city.
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The firefighters coordination center is overwhelmed with calls for assistance interventions, reports the daily Ouest France . At 9pm, they counted 265 reports and interventions related to flooding, mostly in Nantes. According to witnesses, the storm had only lasted half an hour but was of rare intensity.
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Some streets are closed to traffic. In others, the cars are trapped by water. Houses, cellars and parking areas are also flooded.
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