23 May 2012

Flooding in north-east France

5:49 pm on 23 May 2012

Heavy rain has caused flooding and power cuts in north-eastern France.

The equivalent of up to six week's rain fell in three hours on Nancy and the surrounding area on Monday night.

Emergency services have been called out 648 times, with floodwater reached two metres (6.6ft) in some areas.

The BBC reports 4100 homes were left without power, several roads were shut and three schools were closed.

Mayor Andre Rossinot is asking for the storm to be declared a natural disaster.

The weather in the Meurthe-and-Moselle department cleared on Tuesday morning, but other rainstorms were being reported as far as Burgundy, the Massif Central and the Rhone Valley.