The TGV line connecting Bordeaux to the Spanish border was interrupted on Sunday (January 31), following flooding in the Landes caused by storm Justine, SNCF and firefighters said. The rail axis was cut around 9 am, and until further notice, at the level of the town of Rion-des-Landes, where the tracks were inundated by the rise of saturated groundwater.
A dozen trains, TGV or TER, have been affected since the beginning of the morning, either retained at the station or removed with the establishment of replacement transport, or rerouted like a TGV Bordeaux-Tarbes via Toulouse, SNCF said. SNCF has invited its customers to cancel or postpone their trip as far as possible.
The Landes firefighters have carried out nearly 40 interventions since the start, in the night, of the Justine phenomenon, in particular for the clearing of fallen trees, the drying up of cellars or premises. In Capbreton, a construction crane fell partly on a house, without causing injury.
At midday, 24 roads, mainly secondary departmental axes, were cut off from traffic due to flooding, twelve more than the day before, according to a report from the road coordination. Twenty-eight other roads were under surveillance. The Landes, like 19 other departments in total, in the southwest, the north and the northeast, remain Sunday at midday in orange vigilance for floods.