EVERY WEATHER. On red alarm all day on October 4, Bouches-du-Rhône and the city of Marseille were hit by heavy flooding. Var and the Alpes-Maritimes were also hit by thunderstorms.
After a violent storm episode and a red alarm in the Bouches-du-Rhône department on October 4, the weather calmed down in the region and Météo France raised the alarm in the evening. For several hours, firefighters and the mayor of the city of Marseille remained on alert after a first very important stormy episode in the morning, which caused severe flooding. Schools closed, SNCF traffic interrupted, precautions were very important, but the second stormy wave that was announced did not finally take place.
In all, there are still hundreds of interventions by firefighters in Bouches-du-Rhône, but also in Var, also affected by major thunderstorms. The damage was still significant in some streets with collapse. The garbage man strike also highlighted the damage as trash cans were scattered all over. “Usually, before the bad weather, for prevention, we clean businesses (the wells). But there, with the garbage crisis, there are wasted forces. A strong mistral is expected and will now push on the beaches this waste, which goes down to the sea “, apologizes the biologist Isabelle Poitou, director of the MerTerre association, the interview by AFP.
In a few hours, more than two months of rain fell in several areas of the Bouches du Rhône department.
A resident of the 11th district of Marseille sent me what he shot this morning in his home: mudslides, doors bending under the weight of the water.
What have public authorities done since the 2003 flood? Nothing. , explains to. #MouthsDuRhone pic.twitter.com/ypLDjop98W
– Iban Raïs (@Ibanrais) October 4, 2021
Marseille under water
The city of Marseille was under water, causing the authorities to be vigilant. Several roads were flooded, schools were closed, SNCF traffic was disrupted around the city, and the mayor, Benoit Payan, had asked Marseillais and Marseillaises for vigilance.
Bad weather hit the Bouches-du-Rhône department hard on Monday, October 4th. Between Tuesday, October 3, in the evening of October 4, at 7 a.m., no less than 146 mm fell in the southeastern part of Marseille. In October, this figure hovers around 70 mm for the whole month. In Aix, we reached 74.2 mm over the same time period. That equates to 30 days of rainfall. On Cassis: 132 mm; Detsrousse: 65.2 mm; Tarascon: 87.3 mm.