Holidaymakers evacuated as floods hit southern France

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Torrential rains Wednesday caused the heavy flooding in the Gard region. Some people were concerned, but the campsite were good at reassuring us.

A top regional official, Thierry Dousset, told French news channel BFM TV that the some 750 people evacuated came from five campsites.

A British woman who was on holiday in the neighbouring Ardeche region said floodwaters that hit a site near one river were extraordinary.

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

The vehicle was found "empty and in pieces" near the river after the man was trapped by a muddy, fast-flowing torrent when the Ardeche river burst its banks.

A search was underway for him.

Ten people were taken to hospitals to be treated for minor injuries, including four German children with hypothermia.

'No one has suitcases.

Hardest hit was the Gard region, where 119 children, many of them from Germany, were evacuated from their campsite at Saint-Julien-de-Peyrolas, Interior Minister Gerard Collomb said in a statement.

UK Met Office weather expert Marco Petagna said almost three inches of rain fell in the area in just 24 hours.

Hundreds of firefighters, many sent in from other regions, helped in the evacuations, using helicopters to spot camp sites and occasionally to perform rescues.

The weather in the southeast of France has improved this morning but authorities are urging people to stay vigilant as the flooding are receding.

About 17,000 homes in southwest and northeast France were without power and several roads were closed as a result of the floods.

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