The state of natural disaster has been recognized for several municipalities which suffered damage linked to floods and mudslides during bad weather in early June in around twenty departments, according to the Official Journal published on Sunday June 12.
These violent storms had crossed France on Saturday 4 and Sunday 5 June, killing one person and injuring fifteen. In addition, they had caused significant agricultural damage. As of Saturday evening, the Prime Minister, Elisabeth Borne, had promised that the government would be “there for the territories affected”.
Gérald Darmanin, the Minister of the Interior, had announced that he would propose “at the end of the week” to declare “a state of natural disaster” in order to “allow people to trigger their insurance”. A week later, it’s done.
The Ministers of the Economy, the Interior and the Minister Delegate in charge of Public Accounts have recognized the state of natural disaster for municipalities in Allier, Côtes-d’Armor, Creuse, Eure , Eure-et-Loir, Gers, Indre-et-Loire, Loir-et-Cher, Loiret, Manche, Oise, Sarthe, Seine-Maritime, Yvelines, Deux-Sèvres, Haute-Vienne, Yonne and Essonne.
Gérald Darmanin had stressed that it was “the first time in twenty years” that such a vast part of the territory was crossed by storms, with sixty-five departments affected simultaneously.
In total, the 2,400 firefighters engaged carried out 3,500 interventions, and 50,000 lightning strikes were recorded, added the minister.
Among the damage caused, Gérald Darmanin mentioned “works of art”, in particular bridges “swept away” in Mayenne, and also wine cultures, in particular in the Landes and Gers.