“Hailstones as big as golf balls”: major damage in the Loire after the storms

The thunderstorms continue to do damage. The region of Roanne (Loire) was particularly affected on Wednesday evening by hailstorms, which damaged many roofs, firefighters said on Thursday.

“Since 5:00 p.m., we have received 1,400 calls, which generated 466 interventions in Roanne and its outskirts, including 360 in the commune of Coteau alone”, which adjoins Roanne, counted the firefighters of the Loire.

The main interventions concern the roofing, which resumed in the morning on Thursday. Two teams of drone pilots from neighboring Puy-de-Dôme are also expected to help with reconnaissance.

Some 2,500 m2 of the roof of a chocolate factory in the Coteau have been “damaged”, according to the firefighters, who will have to replenish their stock of plastic tarpaulins with a company in Saint-Chamond, near Saint-Étienne .

25 departments on orange alert

“The hailstones were as big as golf balls”, reported to AFP the town hall of Coteau, offered “solidarity between the inhabitants who lent themselves tarpaulins” and “the enormous work of the firefighters”. The public gardens and green spaces, which had been the subject of “big investments for two years are ruined”, still deplored the town hall. The bad weather caused no casualties, firefighters said.

Already on Tuesday, violent hailstorms had caused significant material damage in several departments in the center-east, in particular in Saône-et-Loire, in Nièvre or in Allier.

New 25 departments were placed on Thursday in orange vigilance for thunderstorms in a northeast quarter, a new burst of violent thunderstorms being expected at midday in the center-east, spreading northeast in the afternoon.

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