The waters reached a peak of 6.36 meters in the town – and chief town of the department – of Mont-de-Marsan, said the Vigicrues flood warning service.
This is the highest level since 1981, said weather reporter Guillaume Woznica to the LCI news source. Vigicrues said the level was higher than the previous peaks of 2009 (5.84 meters) and 2014 (5.41 meters).
#Floods : the #Landes are still in #VigilanceOrange this morning, especially for the basins of ‘#Adour and some #Midouze. The Midouze peak was reached last night at #MontDeMarsan with a height of 6.36 m, which experienced its highest flood since 1981! @LCI pic.twitter.com/jeoHkzDqX2
– Guillaume Woznica (@GWoznica) May 13, 2020
The Météo France forecaster has so far maintained an orange alert for the Landes. It is the second most serious level of alert, which means that the situation is potentially dangerous.
Météo France warned residents to be vigilant and not – in any case – attempt to enter the flooded areas, on foot or by car.
He added that water levels could rise quickly without warning, and said residents should secure their belongings to avoid further damage.
In a press release, Vigicrues said: “Although the rain has stopped, the floods around the Midouze are causing damaging overflows, especially downstream of the Mont-de-Marsan and Tartas section. Around the Adour, the overflow will be significant. “
Météo France yellow alerts are in place in 30 other departments.
1 dpt in #vigilanceOrange
Stay informed on https://t.co/rJ24zzmmy4 pic.twitter.com/b5U3z9xWuq
– VigiMétéFrance (@VigiMeteoFrance) May 13, 2020