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13 Aug 2020 | 09:30 AM UTC

France: Heavy flooding affects Normandy August 12

France News Alert

Heavy flooding reported in several parts of Normandy on August 12, further adverse weather forecast for August 13; maintain heightened vigilance

TIMEFRAME expected from 8/13/2020, 12:00 AM until 8/20/2020, 11:59 PM (Europe/Paris). COUNTRY/REGION Normandy


Adverse weather in parts of Normandy caused disruption to overland travel on Wednesday, August 12. The departments particularly affected include Orne, Calvados, and Seine-Maritime. Reportedly, firefighters carried out 450 rescue operations across Normandy due to flooding caused by thunderstorms. Of the significantly affected departments, Calvados was reportedly most affected, with 262 rescue operations conducted. The Caen train station (Calvados) was blocked in the evening of Wednesday, and several other areas were also restricted. As of Thursday, August 13, a thunderstorm warning remains in place for several areas of Normandy, which can be viewed here.

Disruptions to travel and infrastructure are anticipated over the coming days.


Individuals in the affected areas are advised to monitor local weather reports, adhere to instructions issued by local authorities, anticipate continuing disruptions, and never drive or walk through flooded streets. Floodwater may also contain wastewater and chemical products and present residual health hazards.


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