DFO 2003-282

Flooding: 12/01/03 - 12/08/03

Southern France - Rhone Valley

Detailed Locations:
Southern France - Rhone valley - Marseilles and Lyon areas. Bouches-du-Rhone region. Vacluse, Ardeche, Charlieu, Avignon, Orange. Herault, Gard, Arles, Ardeche.

Rhone river and tributaries, Herault river, Tarn river. Upper Loire river

200 mm rain in Rhone Valley and Marseilles area since Dec 1. Flood debris close 2 nuclear power plants in Ardeche and Drome regions. Marseille - France's second largest city - declared a natural disaster zone.
December 3 - Rhone river level was at 6.42 metres, its highest recorded level. Dike breach in Arles on December 4. December 5 - Floods recede in Marseille area but continue in Herault. December 8 - town of Arles still partially inundated.
MODIS observation of high levels in the lower Rhone river and delta on December 4 and 7.
MODIS observation of high levels on the upper Loire river on December 7.

Dead: 7 Displaced: 27,000 Damages: $29,500,000 Affected Region ( sq km): 86,270 Severity Class* : 1 Flood Magnitude**: 11.5 MODIS flood inundation limit file names***:


Map preparation and image analysis: Elaine Anderson

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