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Feedback On The Flooding Of Industrial Sites In January 2018 In The Bourgogne-Franche-Comté Region (France)

Feedback on the flooding of industrial sites in January 2018 in the Bourgogne-Franche-Comté region (France)

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At the end of January 2018, the Bourgogne-Franche-Comté region (BFC) suffered numerous episodes of intense rainfall and floods. The storm Eleanor was indeed, according to Meteo-France, accompanied the 4 and 5 of January of rainy precipitations and important snow on the east of France. These weather events have not been without impact on industrial facilities. Summarizing the results of the questionnaires received by the DREAL Bourgogne-Franche-Comté from the operators concerned, this document summarizes some elements of feedback.
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Meteorological Events Of Early 2018 In France

Meteorological events of early 2018 in France

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Without trying to predict the weather for late 2018 and the seasonal storms in the Cévennes of south-central France, we note that the first half of the year was marked by a number of floods impacting factories in France. In addition to the economic consequences (water damage, production stoppage, a period of technical unemployment for the employees, etc.) often observed in such circumstances, environmental damage was also reported.
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Large-scale Fire In A Wood Chip Storage Facility

Large-scale fire in a wood chip storage facility

  • Accident report
  • FRANCE

At around 3 a.m., a deep-seated fire broke out in an outdoor 50,000 m3 woodchip storage in a waste recycling facility (24 m high, located on the facility's property line). White smoke was emitted above the urban zone and the highway. Access to the site was difficult for the firefighters because of the volume of the stack. The wind propagated the flames. An expert specialised in deep-seated fires was called upon. The CASU (the INERIS Emergency Support Unit) was asked to provide models of smoke dispersion, given the possible human consequences [...]

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Power Outages During Periods Of Cold Weather

Power outages during periods of cold weather

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Periods of cold weather are characterised by low temperatures, sometimes combined with snowfall and/or wind. Synonymous with high electricity consumption, they are often the cause of power failures and other critical systems, such as telecommunication networks, can also be affected. If energy demand is higher than production, load sharing can be implemented. But what are the risks?
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Flooding of a glass factory

  • Accident report
  • FRANCE

Following heavy rains in late May 2016 in the Ile de France (Paris) region, water was seen upwelling through sewer manhole covers located between the buildings housing the furnaces of an upper-tier Seveso glass factory. The rising water spread through technical ducts and flooded the site. The operator initiated its internal emergency plan on 01/06 at 10 a.m. The decision was then made to evacuate the personnel. At 2:55 p.m., electrical power was lost and the generators took over. The maximum height of the water reached at the site's lowest poin [...]

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Results of an accident study covering the 2015 summer heat wave in France

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While its impact was not quite that of the deadly heat wave in 2003, the hot weather experienced during summer 2015 was still highly exceptional for France. BARPI has undertaken an analysis of the effects of these recent extreme hot spells on accident trends occurring in industrial activities. Corrective measures are proposed to target the vulnerabilities revealed by the accidents. These lessons learnt are especially important in a context of global warming !
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Explosion of a tank of alcohol in a vinegar factory under development

  • Accident report
  • FRANCE

In a 3,000 m² vinegar factory, a 150 m³ tank containing 40 m³ of alcohol vinegar exploded at around 9:40 a.m. while undergoing welding work. The tank, measuring 13 m in height and 4 m in diameter, was projected like a missile. It flew through the roof and landed 80 m from the building, on the Nîmes-Grau du Roi railway line. The emergency rescue services took 2 injured employees to the hospital, one of whom had been badly burned. Rail traffic was interrupted. The spilt alcohol was collected in the holding tank. The building adjoining the [...]

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Technological incidents triggered by flooding

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Numerous scientific studies at the initiative of public or private entities converge on the observation of a growth of natural disasters in the last decades. This fact sheet presents some indicators to understand the specificity and impact of floods on industrial sites.
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Flooding Of A Petrochemical Site

Flooding of a petrochemical site

  • Accident report
  • ROYAUME-UNI

A storm surge coinciding with high tides flooded the salt caverns used to store hydrocarbons at a petrochemical site. The alert was given at around 11:00 p.m. by a technician who was conducting a patrol. The remote-controlled shut-off valves were closed to isolate the caverns. The transfer of hydrocarbons to and from the site was interrupted. The site operator worked with the government authorities to manage the flood.

All pressure equipment was secured. The wellheads of the caverns and the piping suffered relatively little damage. The electri [...]

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Flooding Of A Chemical And Hydrocarbon Storage Site

Flooding of a chemical and hydrocarbon storage site

  • Accident report
  • ROYAUME-UNI

A storm surge coinciding with high tides raised the level of the Humber Estuary. The water flooded the gates of the port and filled the port to overflowing. A Seveso-classified chemical and hydrocarbon storage terminal was under 1 m of water. Following the weather alerts, the site shut down its operations and isolated its electrical power supplies. The terminal's non-essential employees were evacuated; the rest were moved to the safety of the upper floors of the operations building.

The walls surrounding the retention tanks were not flooded and [...]

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