The person reported missing since Tuesday afternoon in the town of Aimargues, south-west of Nîmes, following the violent storms that hit the Gard, was found safe and sound this Wednesday morning by the gendarmes, announced the prefecture of the department.
This 65-year-old man, “initially supposed to have fallen into the Rhony”, a tributary of the Vistre, had “found refuge at the time of the rising waters,” said the same source. We “stopped the search operations following information from the gendarmerie according to which this person was found”, the Gard firefighters confirmed to AFP.
If the situation calmed down on Tuesday afternoon and evening in the Gard, after the department was briefly placed in red vigilance by Météo France, it could deteriorate again on Wednesday.
“Significant amounts of rain in a short time”
After having alerted in its 6 am bulletin to “a significant risk of violent phenomena” in the Gard and Hérault, Météo France seemed less alarmist in its following bulletin, at 10 am, while five departments are on orange vigilance for thunderstorms and rain-floods, with Ardèche, Drôme and Isère.
Repeating that this rainy-stormy episode at the end of summer is “not exceptional for the season”, the weather forecasting institute warns that it could “generate significant accumulations of rain in a short time”, before gaining ground. ‘Ardèche and Drôme in the afternoon. Rainfall in the order of 80 to 100 mm is expected locally.
As of Wednesday morning, a handful of secondary roads remained closed to traffic in the affected area, southwest of Nîmes. The 800 firefighters deployed in the field were continuing non-emergency operations.