French prosecutor seeks charges for 2 Germans in camp flood

Clay Curtis
August 12, 2018

The children removed from the camp were among 1,600 evacuated, mostly preventatively, in three regions by Thursday evening after torrential rains quickly transformed rivers and streams into torrents. Articles appear on for a limited time.

More than 400 firefighters and police were deployed to Gard, Ardèche and Drôme, which were hit hardest by the flooding and rain.

"I looked out and saw that the water level seemed higher than just massive puddles", she said.

The man was supervising a group of about 100 German children from the city of Leverkusen, who were evacuated from a campsite in Saint-Julien-de-Peyrolas, 83 miles northeast of Montpellier.

A French prosecutor says police have detained two members of a German association that operates a campsite in southern France where the danger of flooding prompted evacuations and a man was reported missing.

Four of the rescued German children were taken to the hospital suffering from hypothermia, officials said.

A fellow camper told France's BFMTV channel that as the river surged through the site, he could hear children's cries in the trees.

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The Gard is hugely popular with British holidaymakers in August, while many others from the United Kingdom have retired to the area, or have second homes there.

"No one has suitcases".

British campers are among those recovering in emergency shelters after they were rescued from holiday parks and campsites wrecked by the bad weather.

Residents in the area were urged to monitor the weather and give flood waters time to recede.

Numerous roads in the area remained cut off as night fell.

Several parts of central and southeast France are on flood alert after weeks of blazing temperatures erupted in storms on Thursday, turning several campsites into mudbaths.

Heavy rain meant tents were destroyed, while about 17,000 homes were without power.

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