Flooding in Central France

Duration:
3 October 1960 - 7 October 1960
Military personnel:
4.424
Fatalities:
none
Decorations:
3

In September and October 1960, Central France was hit by heavy rainfall, so much so that the rivers Creuse and Corrèze in the province of Auvergne burst their banks.

Flooding

Towns and villages were flooded. The towns of Aubusson and Tulle were particularly badly affected. The powerful mass of water destroyed electricity masts, roads, factories and houses.

Request for assistance

On the evening of 3 October 1960, the sous-préfet of Aubusson asked the commander of the Dutch 1 Division ‘7 December’, Major General D.C. de Vries, whether his men could offer assistance. At the time, 1 Division was on exercise 39 kilometres away in La Courtine.