Due to heavy rains caused by the storm Eleanor, the level of the Seine rose steadily, Wednesday 3rd January, 2018. In Rouen (Seine-Maritime), it overflowed around 2pm.
Fast and hard. Wednesday, January 3, 2018, the level of the Seine rose rapidly following the heavy rains of recent storms, including Eleanor . By early afternoon, the river burst its banks in Rouen (Seine-Maritime) , to the point of covering the platforms of both sides of the city.
The Seine was placed on orange alert by Météo France for a flood risk Wednesday at 8:30. Despite this warning, water has surprised everyone! The decision was taken by the City of Rouen close access to docks . Le Bois-Guilbert wharf is closed and the hoppers Boieldieu and Corneille, making the complicated traffic.
Seine-Maritime prefecture urges caution for the night of 3 to 4 January
In a statement, the Seine-Maritime prefecture warned. “The rain totals announced for the next 48 hours, the winds and the tidal coefficients will increase the flood risk,” writes the prefecture. The Seine risk out of bed, “especially in Elbeuf , Rouen , La Bouille , Duclair and Caudebec-en-Caux “.
The Barges evacuate in an emergency
The first to have been occupants are several barges moored on the waterfront. When around 2pm, the Seine was still following its course, it overflowed “in less than 20 minutes,” said one of them. A good reason for barges evacuate their boat and put their vehicles safe water. Eight vehicles were evacuated along the Seine by firefighters, with the help of divers.
Without being in direct danger, the occupants were surprised by the rapidly rising waters. A surprise shared by people clustered on the Jeanne d’Arc bridge to witness the scene: “I went there an hour ago, I had dry feet,” said a lady who will listen.
It also notes the start of a barge moored to the left bank. When the boat went under William the Conqueror bridge he did not have much leeway in height.
Rare pedestrians forced to soak feet
Pedestrians present on the docks have also found surprisingly fast rising waters. Including a man busy dog walking, forced to move stuck to the hedge, before giving up his feet dry.
On social networks, Rouen became “a beach”
The water did not rise at the level of the Jeanne-d’Arc bridge. Opposite the hotel Greater Montréal, the elected Stéphane Martot Rouen shared a short video of the rising water. Organizer of the Armada, Patrick Herr reported “cars under water.”
Another user has shared photos of Rouen became “a beach”. While some are concerned that the Seine “overflow lot.”Firefighters department reassured: “The finding was that the level of the Seine down again.”