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Days of non-stop rain have forced many to leave their homes

Massive flooding strikes Italy and France

Digital writers

Tuesday, January 21, 2014, 12:24 PM -

Several days of heavy rain in Italy have led to massive flash flooding all across the northwestern part of the country.

Among the worst affected was the city of Modena, where 600 residents had to be relocated after the rising water level from the River Secchia made it a dangerous situation.

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One man is still missing after the dinghy in which he was leaving his home suddenly capsized.

In the nearby Bastiglia, emergency crews had to help those trapped in their homes and vehicles. Many were forced to stand atop their cars as they waited for help to arrive.

France faces similar situation

Torrential rain in France flooded the French Riviera, killing two people and leaving one more missing.

At least 4,000 homes are without power in the area. Officials do expect to have most of those homes connected again before the weekend.

Resorts like Saint-Tropez had to close down due to the difficult situation. Water has begun receding today, as the clean up efforts began. French Prime Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault was in the region inspecting the damage.

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