Good news on the bad weather front in the Gard: the 65-year-old man who had been missing since Tuesday in Aimargues (near Nîmes) was found safe and sound after several hours of intensive search, indicates the gendarmerie in Paris, confirming information from BFMTV.
According to our information, the alert was launched Tuesday evening around 6.30 p.m., after someone had heard calls for help. The man, who lives in a caravan near the fishing pond in the town of Aimargues, had disappeared on the way to Sarcelles. “Initially supposed to have fallen into the Rhony”, a tributary of the Vistre, “it was found safe and sound by the gendarmes. He had found refuge at the time of the rising waters, ”said the prefect of Gard on Twitter.
We “stopped the search operations following information from the gendarmerie according to which this person was found”, the Gard firefighters confirmed to AFP.
If the situation calmed down on Tuesday afternoon and evening in the Gard, after the department was briefly placed in red vigilance by Météo-France, it could deteriorate again during the day of Wednesday. On Tuesday, a woman was found at her home in Aigues-Vives at the end of the afternoon, and another man, who was thought to be missing, was in fact in Uchaud. These two localities are close to the A9 motorway connecting Nîmes to Montpellier.
So far, no casualty, except a “lightly injured” struck by lightning, has been officially reported in the department.