North eastern France on alert for floods

The north east of France is set for rough weather on Wednesday with several departments on alert for heavy rain and flooding.

North eastern France on alert for floods
File photo: Floods in France
Météo France, the country's meteorological service has issued orange alert warnings – the second highest grade of alert – for eight departments. 
These are Aube, Marne, Haute-Marne, Meurthe-et-Moselle, Meuse, Moselle, Seine-et-Marne and Bas-Rhin.
Heavy rain and storms are set to hit the area Wednesday at around 6pm, which could lead to flooding.
The national weather agency predicts that the rain will “intensify” during the evening, “becoming moderate to strong during Wednesday night for the areas on orange alert”. 
The alerts are set to stay in place until Thursday, 6am.
The Orange alert asks residents to be vigilant especially when travelling.


South west France on red alert for flooding

Five areas in south west France have been placed on a red weather alert for flooding as storms lash the region.

South west France on red alert for flooding
Storms are moving in to south west France over the Pyrenees. Photo: Anne-Christine Poujoulat/AFP

Météo France has placed five départements in south west France – Pyrénées-Atlantiques, Landes, Hautes-Pyrénées, Haute-Garonne and Ariège – on a red weather alert for heavy rains and flooding.

Extremely heavy rainstorms have hit the area, with a band of storm clouds travelling along the Pyrenees, bringing the risk of avalanches in the mountains and flooding in lowland areas.

The neighbouring département of Pyrénées-Orientale is on orange alert, along with the principality of Andorra. In the north, Aisne is also on orange alert for heavy rain.

Heavy rain is expected to continue throughout Monday, gradually easing off towards the evening, although the flood alerts remain in place until Tuesday.