Floods caused by incessant rains in the south-west of France, caused the closure of the Catholic shrine in Lourdes, followed by an emergency evacuation of all there are pilgrims. The evacuation took place in difficult conditions, as many of the pilgrims elderly or sick and can not walk without assistance. Eyewitnesses claim that this was the worst flooding in 25 years.
Entire hotel evacuated in low-lying parts of the city, the number taken from Lourdes is 270 people, with 236 to look forward to when to come and rescue them and is placed at the conference center and sports complex, equipped with a shelter. In the vicinity of Lourdes evacuated as two camps and closed several roads.
Near the grotto, which is believed to Catholics, one of the faithful in 1858, saw the Virgin Mary, the water rose to a height of about one meter, located near the river Gave de Pau burst its banks and rose to 3 meters above normal. Rainwater layer height of about 80 cm is fixed at Paradis street within the city, is located precisely where most of the hotels for the pilgrims.
As it became known, the region has suffered not only was Lourdes pilgrims who came to pray for a miracle and healing. Strong winds during a thunderstorm left without power 8000 homes. Unfortunately, forecasters convey increased rainfall.