Heavy rainfall caused flash floods in northern France

Thunderstorms and heavy rains swept through northern France and Belgium, causing flash floods and landslides. On June 2, 2021, 55 mm of rain fell in 1 hour in the department of Yonne in Gioigny.

Heavy rain has caused floods and landslides in several departments of northern France since June 1, particularly in the departments of Seine-et-Marne, Seine-Maritimes, Oise and Meuse.

Hundreds of calls were made to emergency services. However, the situation was complicated by a failure in the telecommunications network, which made it impossible for people to contact emergency services through standard telephone numbers. The Interior Ministry reported via social media, “Some emergency call centers 15-17-18-112 are having trouble receiving calls. Every effort is being made to resolve the problem as quickly as possible.”

In the department of Seine-et-Marne, flash floods have been reported in the town of Thieu, and in the town of Dudeville.

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