IN PICTURES: Parts of France left submerged as flood waters rise

Parts of France remain on alert for floods as authorities struggle to deal with the fallout from the country's major rivers bursting their banks and leaving cities, villages and farms underwater. Here's a selection of the most dramatic images.

IN PICTURES: Parts of France left submerged as flood waters rise
Villeneuve-Saint-Georges. Photo: AFP

In total, 15 departments were on orange alert for flood risk on Thursday morning, according to France's national weather agency Meteo France.

Orange is the second highest alert and when in place people are advised “to be very vigilant” due to the danger. The public are advised to stay away from the water's edge. 

The 15 departements were Aube, Doubs, Jura, Marne, Haute-Marne, Meuse, Saône-et-Loire, Paris, Seine-et-Marne, Yvelines, Yonne, Hauts-de-Seine, Seine-Saint-Denis, Val-de-Marne and Val-d'Oise.

Four other departments, Puy-de-Dome, Loire, Cantal and Haute-Loire were on alert for snow and ice. 

Map: Meteo France

In Val-de-Marne to the south east of Paris, military trucks have arrived to help evacuate residents of the town. Elsewhere in France, including Paris, transport lines and school bus services have been shut down and river banks across swathes of the country are no go zones. 

Here are some of the most dramatic images from the floods:

Tonneins, Lot-et-Garonne

The swollen river Rhone in Lyon

Crosne, Ile-de-France

Villeneuve-Saint-Georges, Paris suburbs

Kehl, at the French-German border

Benfeld, eastern France

Grigny, Essonne

Ornans, eastern France


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.