As of Saturday, April 9th, no more departments are on Orange Alert. But the passage of Storm Diego, which swept across France on Friday, left its mark. Torrential rains caused flooding and high winds knocked down trees. In the Gironde, a man was seriously injured. Franceinfo brings together the damage found.
One injured after a tree fell in Gironde
On Friday around 4 p.m. in Saint-Laurent-d’Arce in the Gironde, a tree fell on a mobile home due to the wind. A 56-year-old man was inside, he was seriously injured, according to France Bleu Gironde, which gave no further details.
In Nantes (Loire-Atlantique), in the Procé district, a tree fell on a car parked in a residential building. But the two women on board escaped unharmed as the vehicle’s roof buckled loudly under the weight of the poplar trees ocean press.
Thousands of households without electricity
At the peak of the storm on Friday night, 70,000 homes were without power, mostly in Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes and New Aquitaine, according to Enedis. The latest report from the operator of the public electricity network and the subcontractors is dated Saturday at 1 p.m. and reports 18,500 households still without electricity. More than 1,000 employees, technicians and subcontractors from the public electricity network operator are still working to restore the power supply.
Floods in Meurthe-et-Moselle
Storm Diego caused some flooding with up to 1.50m of water on the streets in Meurthe-et-Moselle on Friday night without leaving any casualties, France Bleu Sud Lorraine reported on Saturday morning. In Clémery, the water penetrated houses in places. According to locals, it is “a stream” have warped the gates and lifted cars.
A local resident filmed the flood, which turned the street into a torrent and their gate into a waterfall. pic.twitter.com/RYPAWNUoHW
— France Bleu Sud Lorraine (@bleusudlorraine) April 9, 2022
The municipalities of Faulx, Malleloy and Jeandelaincourt were also affected. Under the snow, firefighters conducted more than 150 sorties, supported by diving teams and vehicles, mostly for reconnaissance missions. They secured a dozen residents at a school.
Seven hours delay for a TGV
After a tree fell on an overhead wire, 450 passengers on a Paris-Bordeaux train were stuck in the middle of the tracks at Joué-lès-Tours (Indre-et-Loire) on Friday evening. The electrical system of their TGV was damaged after a tree fell around 4 p.m. They were finally evacuated around 21:30 and did not leave Saint-Pierre-des-Corps until 23:00. They arrived in Bordeaux around 1 a.m., about seven hours after the scheduled time.
The tree, which fell on an overhead line, damaged the TGV’s electrical system. Its pantographs, the arms that connect the train to the electrical system, were damaged and SNCF had no choice but to saw them up. The operation lasted several hours until an emergency train came to pick up the passengers. SNCF claims it did its best in the non-apparent conditions of the storm. The travelers could be supplied with water and food and also praised the support of the staff on board in the social networks. Among them the former Minister and Secretary of State for Transport Dominique Bussereau.
Night envelope and en route with a very helpful sncf staff pic.twitter.com/oRQIZIuW9W
— Dominique Bussereau (@Dbussereau) April 8, 2022