In France, hundreds of people living on the southeast outskirts of Paris have been cut off by waters which have flooded large areas of farmland.
GV PAN Flooded roads on southeast outskirts of Paris
SV Rescue workers being pulled through flooded streets in small boat
SV Woman looking out of house at flooded garden
SV Man and dog looking out of upstairs window from flooded house
SV PAN Flooded houses and roads (2 shots)
SV Stranded car in water
SV PAN Trees in flooded fields
SV Flooded houses and street
SV Small boat being pulled through flooded streets
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Background: In France, hundreds of people living on the southeast outskirts of Paris have been cut off by waters which have flooded large areas of farmland. The floods follow record rainfalls in the area.
SYNOPSIS: Throughout virtually all of France, the month of March was the wettest since official records wee first kept just over a hundred years ago. So floodwaters in many areas have risen to unprecedented levels. Owners have had to keep their dogs at home. The flooding turned roads into rivers, backyards into ponds, and disrupted communications over a wide area surrounding the Marne and Seine rivers in north-central France.
This car was stranded in a very vulnerable place, not far from where the two rivers meet. Farmland here was swamped.
With roads under water, rescue workers used boats to get around, enabling them to evacuate large numbers of old people.