Flooding: 12/01/03 - 12/08/03
Southern France - Rhone Valley
Southern France - Rhone valley - Marseilles and Lyon areas. Bouches-du-Rhone
region. Vacluse, Ardeche, Charlieu, Avignon, Orange. Herault, Gard,
Rhone river and tributaries, Herault river, Tarn river. Upper Loire
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
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
||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