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Flash floods tear through southwestern France

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Flash floods tore through towns in southwest France, turning waterways into raging torrents that killed at least 13 people, nine of them in just one town, authorities said Monday. People had to be helicoptered to safety from the roofs of their homes as overnight storms dumped the equivalent of several months of rain in just a few hours.

Worst hit was the town of Trebes, east of the medieval walled city of Carcassonne. The rains that swept in from the Mediterranean killed nine people there, Interior Ministry spokesman Frederic de Lanouvelle said. He told BFMTV that the floods in the Aude region also killed four other people in other locations, left one person missing and seriously injured five others.

In the town of Villegailhenc, witness Ines Siguet said the waters rose so quickly that people were stranded on the roofs of their homes and had to be helicoptered to safety. (AP)

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A man rides past a damaged car in the town of Villegailhenc, southern France, Monday, Oct. 15, 2018. (Photo: Fred Lancelot/AP)


A man watches a damaged bridge over a torrent after flash floods in the town of Villegailhenc, southern France, Monday, Oct.15, 2018. (Photo: Fred Lancelot/AP)


Cars are pictured in a vineyard in the town of Villegailhenc, southern France, Monday, Oct.15, 2018. (Photo: Fred Lancelot/AP)


Rescue workers, background, secure the area by a collapsed bridge in the town of Villegailhenc, southern France, Monday, Oct.15, 2018. (Photo: Fred Lancelot/AP)


Rescue workers, background, secure the area by a collapsed bridge in the town of Villegailhenc, southern France, Monday, Oct.15, 2018. (Photo: Fred Lancelot/AP)


Rescue workers stand by a collpased bridge in the town of Villegailhenc, southern France, Monday, Oct.15, 2018. (Photo: Fred Lancelot/AP)


Residents watch the waters after flash floods in the town of Villegailhenc, southern France, Monday, Oct.15, 2018. (Photo: Fred Lancelot/AP)


A woman rides past a man cleaning his house in the town of Villegailhenc, southern France, Monday, Oct.15, 2018. (Photo: Fred Lancelot/AP)


A rescue worker inspects damages in the town of Villegailhenc, southern France, Monday, Oct.15, 2018. (Photo: Fred Lancelot/AP)


A car and debris are pictured after floods in the town of Villegailhenc, southern France, Monday, Oct.15, 2018. (Photo: Fred Lancelot/AP)


People try to pull a car out of a torrent after flash floods in the town of Villegailhenc, southern France, Monday, Oct.15, 2018. (Photo: Fred Lancelot/AP)


A police officer inspects a damaged car in the town of Villegailhenc, southern France, Monday, Oct.15, 2018. (Photo: Fred Lancelot/AP)


Residents clean their house after flash floods in the town of Villegailhenc, southern France, Monday, Oct.15, 2018. (Photo: Fred Lancelot/AP)


People react while residents pull a car out of a torrent after flash floods in the town of Villegailhenc, southern France, Monday, Oct.15, 2018. (Photo: Fred Lancelot/AP)


Residents watch workers pulling a car out of a torrent after flash floods in the town of Villegailhenc, southern France, Monday, Oct.15, 2018. (Photo: Fred Lancelot/AP)


French soldiers patrol after flash floods in the town of Villegailhenc, southern France, Monday, Oct.15, 2018. (Photo: Fred Lancelot/AP)


Residents talk with a soldier, center, after flash floods in the town of Villegailhenc, southern France, Monday, Oct.15, 2018. (Photo: Fred Lancelot/AP)


Rescue workers and soldiers walk in the town of Villegailhenc, southern France, after flash floods Monday, Oct.15, 2018. (Photo: Fred Lancelot/AP)


Residents talk after flash floods in the town of Villegailhenc, southern France, Monday, Oct.15, 2018. Flash floods tore through towns in southwest France, turning streams into raging torrents that authorities said killed several people and seriously injured at least five others. (Photo: Fred Lancelot/AP)


Soldiers patrol past a vintage car after flash floods in the town of Villegailhenc, southern France, Monday, Oct.15, 2018. (Photo: Fred Lancelot/AP)


Cars pile up after flash floods in the town of Villegailhenc, southern France, Monday, Oct.15, 2018. (Photo: Fred Lancelot/AP)


French soldiers patrol after flash floods in the town of Villegailhenc, southern France, Monday, Oct.15, 2018. (Photo: Fred Lancelot/AP)