In autumn 1994, torrential rain swept across South West France.
Starting in the Cévennes and Languedoc, it reached the Alpes de Haute Provence and Alpes Maritimes by 5 November.
All rivers in these areas, such as the Asse, Verdon, Durance, Esteron, Loup, Siagne, Roya and Paillon, were gorged with water but especially the Var River which wreaked the most havoc.
The Var’s floodplain*, from its confluence with the Vésubie River to where it meets the sea, between Nice and St Laurent du Var, is densely built-up, especially with business premises and public buildings. Nice-Côte-d’Azur Airport, built on landfill in the sea was also flooded and closed for several days.