A town in France has been battered by up to 80cm (32in) of hail in a freak June storm that saw snowplows brought in and locals taking up shovels in an effort to clear the clogged roads.
Plombières-les-Bains, in the eastern Vosges mountain range, was smashed by hail in a thunderstorm on Tuesday morning.
The downpour also caused flooding, which affected several streets and the basements of some properties, according to French broadcaster BFM TV.
Shocking footage from Plombières showed rainwater moving down a street past parked cars, with the deluge in some places flowing into doorways.
— Gendarmerie de la Meuse ?? (@Gendarmerie055) June 29, 2021
In other images, people and diggers could be seen shoveling large mounds of hail, which were reported to be 70-80cm (28-32in) deep – and in some places rose to 100cm (40in).
[INTERVENTION] Suite au violent orage qui a touché principalement la commune de #PlombièreslesBains et le département du sud au nord-est, à 14h30 les sapeurs-pompiers avaient réalisé 56 interventions et une trentaine étaient encore en attente sur les secteurs les plus impactés. pic.twitter.com/1hx2V15DLM
— Sapeurs-Pompiers des Vosges 88 (@SDIS88) June 29, 2021
Minor damage to houses was also reported, and some homes were left without power after trees were uprooted, falling onto electricity lines. No injuries have been reported.
On Monday, an amber warning for thunderstorms was put in place for Vosges and a number of other French departments – or territories – but all cautions were lifted later that evening.
Amid Tuesday’s storm, however, the Vosges Fire Department issued fresh warnings, urging residents in Plombières and nearby Remiremont to limit their movements and remain “extremely vigilant.”
Firefighters were called out 56 times, the department authorities said in a statement on Tuesday afternoon.
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