Severe floods hit the city of Agen, France

On September 8, 2021, a record amount of rain fell in the Lot-et-Garonne department of southwestern France, flooding the streets of the city of Agen with water over 2 meters high.

According to Meteo France, the La Garenne station in Azhenne recorded 128.8 mm (5.07 inches) of rainfall between 7:00 p.m. and 10:00 p.m. on Sept. 8, with 80.5 mm (3.16 inches) falling in just one hour. This amount broke the previous 24-hour rainfall record of 74 mm (2.91 inches)1 set on February 12, 1990.

Agen city officials reported that the streets were flooded with more than 2 m (6.6 ft) of water.

Although no casualties or fatalities were reported, about 70 firefighters were dispatched to 130 incidents, mostly due to flooding of basements or buildings.

Heavy rain was also reported in the department of Aude, where 57.6 mm (2.26 in.) was recorded in just one hour in Caen-Minervois, 55.6 mm (2.18 in.) in Carcassonne, of which 42.4 mm (1.66 in) in one hour, in Albi 47.9 mm (1.88 in) of which 33.9 mm (1.33 in) in one hour, and in Toulouse 43.7 mm (1.72 in) of which 42.1 mm (1.65 in) in one hour.

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