Flash floods kill at least 6 people in southwest France

Flash floods kill at least 6 people in southwest France
Heavy storms cause deadly floods in south-western France
One woman was swept to her death in rising waters in the village of Villardonnel, and at least four people died overnight in Villegailhenc. A sixth person also died in the department, local authorities said, but gave no further details.

Facebook Twitter Pinterest A broken bridge on the river Trapel in Villegailhenc, near Carcassonne. Photograph: Eric Cabanis/AFP/Getty Images The Aude river reached levels not seen in more than 100 years, the French agency responsible for monitoring, Vigicrues, said.

One person was also injured when a house collapsed in Cuxac, local official Alain Thirion said on television. Firemen responded to more than 250 calls overnight, as 160-180mm (6-7in) of rain fell in Carcassonne, he added.

In the villages north of Carcassonne, roads were cut off, schools closed and people were asked to stay at home. There was up to two metres (6ft) of water in the streets of Conques.

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