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 Post subject: Re: Flash, Bang time again in France
PostPosted: Mon Sep 29, 2014 7:24 pm 
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l'Herault had only just dried out and once again it gets it in the neck :(
http://france3-regions.francetvinfo.fr/ ... oussillon/
I'm no longer there, but I still know plenty of people who are and I've been worrying all day
I think this kind of extreme weather will become more and more frequent now


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Looks as if Montpellier and surroundings have been trashed by flood waters.

Like others this has been a long warm (but not hot) wet summer and my compost bins know about it being completely full. The grass and the weeds have gone beresk this summer.

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Perfect timing. We're staying in Montpellier from tomorrow for a few days but we hope that it'll have dried out by then - forecast for the rest of the week looks much better.

Just had an email from friends in rural Hérault who are under water (again!).

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Just seen the conditions in Montpellier on the news - looks grim.


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FredM wrote:
Perfect timing. We're staying in Montpellier from tomorrow for a few days but we hope that it'll have dried out by then - forecast for the rest of the week looks much better.

Just had an email from friends in rural Hérault who are under water (again!).



I hope you are not flying in. It looks very very bad on the news.


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"1000 personnes bloquées à l'aéroport et à la gare de Montpellier, les routes d'accès à Mauguio, Saint Aunès, Mudaison et Montpellier toujours coupées ainsi que la deux fois deux voies. Le pire, c'est que cet épisode cévenol n'est pas terminé.
Les trains sont actuellement bloqués dans les gares de la région, à Montpellier, Nîmes, Béziers et Perpignan. Les voies sont inondées. Aucun train n'est autorisé à entrer ou à sortir de la région. La SNCF ignore quand la situation pourra s'améliorer."


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Not good, I hope people heeded the warnings.


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Mostly2 wrote:
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Perfect timing. We're staying in Montpellier from tomorrow for a few days but we hope that it'll have dried out by then - forecast for the rest of the week looks much better.

Just had an email from friends in rural Hérault who are under water (again!).



I hope you are not flying in. It looks very very bad on the news.


flying into Beziers, then train to montpellier tomorrow evening (if they're running).

Some more pics here.

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 Post subject: Re: Flash, Bang time again in France
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FredM wrote:
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FredM wrote:
Perfect timing. We're staying in Montpellier from tomorrow for a few days but we hope that it'll have dried out by then - forecast for the rest of the week looks much better.

Just had an email from friends in rural Hérault who are under water (again!).



I hope you are not flying in. It looks very very bad on the news.


flying into Beziers, then train to montpellier tomorrow evening (if they're running).

Some more pics here.



Bonne chance - didn't you live there in the past?


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FredM wrote:
Mostly2 wrote:
FredM wrote:
Perfect timing. We're staying in Montpellier from tomorrow for a few days but we hope that it'll have dried out by then - forecast for the rest of the week looks much better.

Just had an email from friends in rural Hérault who are under water (again!).



I hope you are not flying in. It looks very very bad on the news.


flying into Beziers, then train to montpellier tomorrow evening (if they're running).

Some more pics here.


Personally I would stay well clear. It is going to rain all night.


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 Post subject: Re: Flash, Bang time again in France
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DaveW wrote:
FredM wrote:
Mostly2 wrote:
FredM wrote:
Perfect timing. We're staying in Montpellier from tomorrow for a few days but we hope that it'll have dried out by then - forecast for the rest of the week looks much better.

Just had an email from friends in rural Hérault who are under water (again!).



I hope you are not flying in. It looks very very bad on the news.


flying into Beziers, then train to montpellier tomorrow evening (if they're running).

Some more pics here.



Bonne chance - didn't you live there in the past?


Yes, until last Spring. Looks as if Beziers flights are still OK (so far!).

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It should be OK - enjoy.


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 Post subject: Re: Flash, Bang time again in France
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It still looks awful in Montpellier this morning.....hope you have an OK time Fred.

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Thanks Liz (and I'll be missing Norwich vs Charlton!).

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I have a distant relative who has a house in the Herault hills, she's there at the moment and apparently it's been bad

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 Post subject: Re: Flash, Bang time again in France
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Even worse than it was two weeks ago when we were there and that was bad enough, poor villagers must have only just mucked out the mud from then..

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all the news seems to be about area around Montpellier. That end of department is pretty low lying, and has several rivers flowing down from hills. Suspect large amount of new building has not helped natural flood plains .
Just hoping that upper hill/mountain country in west is OK. I know our river did get almost to flooding a couple of years ago, but I think it is a deep enough channel. Unfortunately that means even more water is channeled down to coastal areas.

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rue_d_etropal wrote:
all the news seems to be about area around Montpellier. That end of department is pretty low lying, and has several rivers flowing down from hills. Suspect large amount of new building has not helped natural flood plains .
Just hoping that upper hill/mountain country in west is OK. I know our river did get almost to flooding a couple of years ago, but I think it is a deep enough channel. Unfortunately that means even more water is channeled down to coastal areas.


Don't know exactly where your property is in the Herrault but two weks ago when it was only an orange alert we tried to go up the D922 from Herenian and villages had been flooded out, the river mare rose over 4 meters. This time its a red alert with 30 cm of rain falling yesterday.

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 Post subject: Re: Flash, Bang time again in France
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Montpellier weather alert now downgraded to orange (same as in 4 Languedoc departements). Still hardly any trains tho'. There was a photo in the midi Libre of some enterprising soul surfing down cours Gambetta (we are supposed to be staying in an apartment just off this) on a mattress!

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, can't find it, do you mean Herepian, which is along valley from me at St Pons.
When I was down there in June, there was a thunderstorm at one end of the town, so weathe is very local. On last couple of trips I have monitored the meteo website and it looked like we ere missing the worst.

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, can't find it, do you mean Herepian, which is along valley from me at St Pons.
When I was down there in June, there was a thunderstorm at one end of the town, so weathe is very local. On last couple of trips I have monitored the meteo website and it looked like we ere missing the worst.


Sorry spelt it wrong as it is on the fold of the map, yes its Heripian Michelin page 301 F5 when we came through the worse village was Le Pradel up the valley.
Lamalou made TF1 news as a campsite was swept away with two still missing. and that was with 15cm of rain in 24 hours, this time it was 30 cm.
Good luck, hope alls well there.

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Phew! Made it and trains running almost normally by the time we arrived. Weather nice enough to eat outside this evening.

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Glad you made it Fred

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Lamalou - been through there a few times. The valley is pretty wide along this stretch, when you cross the river on bridge it is not far above water, so does not take much to flood. I think the campsite is right next to the river. I think I have seen roadsigns for it. Not much new built near the river for obvious reasons, but do wonder if they plan to extend the new bypass further up the valley.
I think/hope that if there had been flooding in St Pons I would have been contacted by friends.

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Grabels near Montpellier this morning - got A pal who lives there - he's OK but a lot of houses had a metre of water in them :(
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The Atlantic coast line, most of the Channel coast line is in Yellow, http://vigilance.meteofrance.com/ plus most of mid west France and some the Southern Depts

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TF1 showed some terrible footage about the flooding in the Montpellier area - some were barely recovering from the last deluge :(


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Friends of ours who live in Vendemian (34) were flooded twice in 12 days.

There was very little evidence of damage by the time we arrived in Montpellier late on 30/9, however the MHSC football stadium was devastated.
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We had 5 days of glorious weather after we arrived. Biggest problem for us was the plague of Mossies!

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's true, Fred.
They won't be playing there for 3 months according to the news.

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Mon dieu, that was a wild night! Biblical deluges and howling winds (or maybe the banshees wailing about the end of summer). Just as well live on a hill....

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And there's more on the way MAD, http://vigilance.meteofrance.com/

59 départements en vigilance jaune

1 - AIN
3 - ALLIER
7 - ARDECHE
9 - ARIEGE
10 - AUBE
12 - AVEYRON
13 - BOUCHES-DU-RHONE
15 - CANTAL
16 - CHARENTE
17 - CHARENTE-MARITIME
18 - CHER
19 - CORREZE
23 - CREUSE
21 - COTE-D OR
79 - DEUX-SEVRES
26 - DROME
91 - ESSONNE
28 - EURE-ET-LOIR
29 - FINISTERE
30 - GARD
32 - GERS
33 - GIRONDE
31 - HAUTE-GARONNE
43 - HAUTE-LOIRE
52 - HAUTE-MARNE
87 - HAUTE-VIENNE
65 - HAUTES-PYRENEES
34 - HERAULT
36 - INDRE
37 - INDRE-ET-LOIRE
39 - JURA
41 - LOIR-ET-CHER
42 - LOIRE
45 - LOIRET
46 - LOT
48 - LOZERE
55 - MEUSE
58 - NIEVRE
59 - NORD
75 - PARIS-ET-PETITE-COURONNE
62 - PAS-DE-CALAIS
63 - PUY-DE-DOME
64 - PYRENEES-ATLANTIQUES
69 - RHONE
71 - SAONE-ET-LOIRE
77 - SEINE-ET-MARNE
81 - TARN
82 - TARN-ET-GARONNE
95 - VAL-D OISE
86 - VIENNE
89 - YONNE
78 - YVELINES
22 - COTES-D ARMOR
35 - ILLE-ET-VILAINE
40 - LANDES
44 - LOIRE-ATLANTIQUE
50 - MANCHE
56 - MORBIHAN
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Not us then, although it's still pouring.

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