January 25, 2021

The French Government defends itself against the late warning of floods

The French Government defends itself against the late warning of floods



The French government tried today to face criticism for the delay in the activation of the red alert to the floods recorded yesterday in the vicinity of the city of Carcassonne, in the south, and insisted on the unpredictable nature of a phenomenon of cold drop that It surprised by its intensity.

"There was the conjunction of a series of phenomena that were not foreseeable," stressed the Minister of the Ecological Transition, François de Rugy, after insisting that "the weather forecast is not an exact science".

The red alert in the department of the Aude was not activated until six in the morning (0400 GMT), when they had already fallen waterspouts and many inhabitants were surprised by the flooding of the water courses.

In the town of Trèbes, the most affected – six of the eleven deaths died so far – fell in a few hours, almost 300 liters per square meter.

During his visit yesterday afternoon to the damaged areas, some neighbors reproached the Prime Minister, Édouard Philippe, who were not alerted.

Rugy noted that "all the inhabitants of that region (…) are subject to these phenomena of heavy rain with flooding" and that in view of this new experience is going to develop "a full balance" of what has been done since the last major floods in that region in 1999 (then there were 26 deaths in the Aude) and "what has been done wrong".

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