Rescuers evacuate 750 campers as flash floods hit in France

Flooded Gorges de L'Ardeche

Flooded Gorges de L'Ardeche

In one summer camp in Saint-Julien-de-Peyrolas, 119 children were evacuated.

Top Gard official Thierry Dousset told BFM-TV that about 750 people were evacuated from five campsites.

The bad weather caused large power cuts, and a man who was working in a summer camp was reported missing.

Ms Buchanan was left with a "frightening" drive through floodwaters that had hit a site near a river in the neighbouring Ardeche region.

A total of 1,600 people, a lot of them campers, were rescued across Gard and the nearby Ardeche and Drome regions, according to France's interior ministry.

He was sheltering inside the caravan - said by police to have later been found "empty and in pieces" - after being trapped by muddy, fast-flowing water after the Ardeche river burst its banks.

'Driving in our camper van was very frightening as the road by the river was completely under water and waterfalls had appeared from nowhere, crashing down the gorge'.

The Gard administration also said four German children were hospitalized on Thursday for hypothermia in Bagnols-sur-Ceze, a town on the Ceze River.

He added: 'Helicopters are being used in the relief operations, with valleys particularly badly hit'.

'No one has suitcases.

Hundreds of firefighters backed by four helicopters helped in the evacuation.

It's been advised that locals give time for flood waters to recede, and keep an eye on local weather reports before they travel.

Several parts of central and southeast France are on flood alert after a blazing heatwave ended abruptly in storms on Thursday.

Roads remained close throughout these Gard, Ardeche and Drome, but will be reopening as the water level gets lower.

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