Telephones and water service were also out in the hardest-hit town of Draguignan
as well as in neighbouring towns.
Telephones and the water service were also out in the town of Draguignan
, the hardest-hit, as well as in some neighbouring towns.
Eleven of the deaths were in Draguignan
, in the Riviera back hills scattered with olive groves and small vineyards.
People were trapped in floating cars and more than 2,000 people slept in schools after Draguignan
and Le Luc, close to where David Beckham owns a villa, were hit by up to eight feet of water.
was the worst-hit town, with hundreds of vehicles swept away and several neighborhoods under water," the local prefect Hugues Parant told France Bleu Provence radio.
There, in the city of Draguignan
(Var), the Seventh Army made a surprise landing in southern France on Aug.
mayor Max Piselli said: "The town is in a terrible state with rocks, mud and cars blocking roads." Electricity was cut off to 175,000 homes and a train broke down trapping 350 people.