Hundreds evacuated as flash floods turned roads into rivers

Emergency workers rescued or evacuated hundreds of people in southern France as flash flooding abruptly turned roads and fields into rivers and lakes, the Associated Press reported.

No casualties have been reported, but new heavy rainfall threatened the area Wednesday. Local authorities said the rains caused significant damage to homes and infrastructure across towns and villages between Nimes and Montpellier.

A man who had been believed swept down the Rhone River was found safe after he had taken refuge nearby, the local administration for the Gard region tweeted Wednesday.

One person was hit by lightning but survived, and a supermarket roof collapsed under the pounding water, according to the regional emergency service.

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