One missing, 1600 evacuated at flooded French campsites

Saint-Julien-de-Peyrolas southern France.- The bad weather caused large power cuts and a man who was working in a summer camp went

Nimes prosecutor Eric Maurel said Saturday that his office is asking for preliminary charges to be filed that also include creating a campsite without a permit.

Torrential rains Wednesday caused the heavy flooding in the Gard region.

They said a 70-year-old German man who was helping to supervise children at one of the summer camps was missing.

About 750 people, mostly from campsites, were evacuated in the Gard region alone, local authorities announced last night. Campsite is gone, restaurants gone and such a high amount of water.

"I've been coming since the early 80s, when I was a teenager, and I've never seen anything, anything like it", Tom Bryan, a Briton holidaying in the village of Saint-Andre-de-Roquepertuis, told Sky TV. "My wife saw a whole caravan float down the river", he added.

"It's located in the area of hot weather that has been affecting much of Europe just recently, although there is a cold front moving south", he said.

The weather in affected regions was relatively calm Friday. Divers and a helicopter have been deployed to search for the missing man, Souliman said.

Nielsen told DR that the man was in "a serious condition". The gusts brought down trees and significantly disrupted public transport. The Berlin-Amsterdam route was disrupted by storm damage in the Osnabrueck area.

Hundreds of campers have been evacuated after heavy floods in France. There was no landslide however.

Across Norway, ferry companies cancelled crossings Friday.

Gusts were expected along Denmark's North Sea coast and warnings were issued that lighter vehicles should not cross bridges.

More than 400 firefighters and gendarmes, many sent in from other regions, helped in the evacuations, using helicopters to spot camp sites and to perform rescues.

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