Two German Men Charged After Flash Flooding in Southern France Prompted Rescue of 1,600

Pam Wright
Published: August 11, 2018

Two German men have been charged with involuntary injury aggravated by endangerment and creating a campsite without a permit, two days after flash flooding in southern France left one man missing and prompted the evacuation of at least 1,600 people.

The two men charged were not identified by name, only as the president and vice president of the Jugendförderung Saint-Antonius group, which owned the land where the campsite was located, in the village of Saint-Julien-de-Peyrolas in the Gard region, the Associated Press reports.  A reported 119 children, ages 6 to 17, were evacuated from the camp.

A 70-year-old German man who was serving as a monitor at the campsite was reported missing after his van was swept away in the floodwaters, the Associated Press reported. A French official said no one knew for certain yet that the man was in his van at the time, but the search for the man continued Saturday.

Four German children were hospitalized with hypothermia in Bagnols-sur-Ceze, according to BFM-TV.

A 28-year-old man was plucked to safety from a tree in which he sought shelter during the deluge, the TV station also reported.

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The rescues took place with the help of hundreds of firefighters and four helicopters, the AP noted.

Meteo France, the country's national meteorological agency, noted violent storms in the area produced torrential rain, hail and strong wind gusts Thursday. Eight departments in Southwest France remain under a threat of storms and flash flooding.


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