New precipitation, sometimes up to 160 millimeters per square meter, according to Météo-France fell on Thursday afternoon in Nîmes and the Gard department, causing numerous floods in this region already affected Tuesday by torrential rains.
The prefecture of Gard has reactivated the crisis unit to manage the consequences of these bad weather which notably led to the interruption of SNCF traffic between Nîmes and Lunel (Hérault) due to floods at the height of Gallargues (Gard). The A9 motorway was closed in both directions between Orange (Vaucluse) and Narbonne (Aude), as well as the A54 between Nîmes and Salon-de-Provence (Bouches-du-Rhône).
In the center of Nîmes, traffic was difficult because of the flooding of several streets, it was learned from the prefecture. According to the Crisis Staff, most of the departmental roads, south and north of the city, are cut off.
Le Vistre, downstream of Nîmes, is in flood and large overflows are to be feared in the southern part of Nîmes as well as in Petite Camargue, notably in Vauvert, Le Cailar and Vestric-et-Candiac.
"Today's rainy episode is more important than Tuesday's, but above all, we were not on red alert and people were surprised," said Jacques-Olivier Liby, city councilor of Nîmes. According to him, "because of the orange alert, many people will realize in the evening only that they cannot return home" ...