Flooding in France Is Causing Major Destruction and Deaths (Video)
Severe weather caused the deaths of at least four people in France over the last two weeks, according to The Local, with more rain expected to come.
Earlier this month a woman in her 90s also died in the town of Montmorillon when her home flooded. During that same timeframe, the body of another elderly woman was found in a river in the Lot-et-Garonne region of southern France.
The rains are expected to last through Wednesday at 6 a.m. local time.
Beyond claiming several lives, the storms are also causing severe destruction to the area. On Tuesday, flooding caused a Paris commuter train to partially overturn, injuring seven people on board.
The weather may also affect the wine industry in France for months to come. Already, the Weather Channel reported, these severe storms have destroyed 8 million bottles worth of grapes that would have been made into champagne. The Weather Channel added that 17,544 acres of vines were impacted in the Bordeaux region while 4,500 acres were affected in Champagne.
The flooding has become so intense thatthe town of Morlaix, located in northwestern Brittany, is still digging its way out after it was hit with an estimated month’s worth of rain in just 30 minutes last week, The Local reported.
According to The Connexion, most communities in northern France are still under threat including Ardennes, Aube, Marne, Haute-Marne, Meurthe-et-Moselle, Meuse, Moselle, Bas-Rhin, Haut-Rhin, and Vosges.
Beyond the concerning amounts of rain, forecasters are also warning citizens of strong lightening storms and potential hail to come.