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Storms latest: Brittany on red alert for flooding

Ben McPartland · 7 Feb 2014, 08:40

Published: 07 Feb 2014 08:40 GMT+01:00

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Storms latest:

  • Morbihan, in Brittany has been placed on red alert - the highest warning level - due to the threat of flooding that has left several towns in the region under water. 
  • The department of Finistère in Brittany to the West of France, also remains on red alert due to the threat of flooding. 
  • The alert concerns two rivers the Laita and the Morlaix. The town of Morlaix was submerged under flood waters on Thursday evening when authorities closed the centre to any traffic. Shopkeepers have barricaded there stores against the rising waters.
  • The town centre of Quimper in FInistère was also reported to be under a metre of water
  • 55,000 households are without power according to electricity provider ERDF on Friday morning.
  • 20 other departments in the north and west of France remained on Orange alert due to the gale force winds. Météo France say the winds are strong enough to pull down trees and power lines and so the public need to take care.

  • The 21 departments on alert are in the regions of Basse Normandie, Haute Normandie, Ile France, including Paris, Nord Pas de Calais and Picardie.  The departments of Ardennes, Eure-et-Loire and Marne are also on alert.
  • Winds of over 100km/H were recorded in the Paris region. Despite the gales airplanes at the city's airports continued to take off as scheduled.
  •  Weather warnings are set to remain in place until Friday afternoon.
  • “It’s not the storm of the century but it can cause damage,” said one forecaster from Météo France.
  • Teams from a salvage company and a French coast guard anti-pollution squad are to start on Friday pumping fuel out of a Spanish cargo ship which has broken into three sections after a
    spectacular shipwreck in bad weather.

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