Severe floods hit the city of Agen, France

Severe floods hit the city of Agen, France
Severe floods hit the city of Agen, France
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On September 8, 2021, a record amount of rainfall fell in the Lot-et-Garonne department in southwestern France, flooding the streets of the city of Agen with water more than 2 meters high.

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

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

Although no casualties or deaths were reported, about 70 firefighters were dispatched to 130 incidents, mainly related to flooding of basements or buildings.

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

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