The Heat Is Online

France Faces Floods from Triple Normal Rainfall

Flooding deluges France, March 27, 2001

Hundred of residents fled their homes in western and northern France Monday as heavy rain pushed burgeoning floodwaters into streets and residences.

Officials called for residents in Brittany and Normandy to evacuate their homes, as rivers over-ran their banks. Roads, railways and fields were underwater.

In Paris, roads near the Seine remained impassable because of deep water, and central parts of Ile de la Cite were also submerged. Dozens of inhabitants of the Paris suburb Yvelines were forced to leave their homes, while widespread traffic chaos tied up available roadways.

An unusually rainy winter had already saturated the ground across the north-west region of France, making Monday's rainfall particularly disastrous. Total March rainfall is already three times the country's average amount, and reports say melting snow could cause more problems as spring arrives.