Rob Lowe, family rescued amid flash floods in south of France

Rob Lowe promotes his film 'Sex Tape' on Rob Lowe promotes his film 'Sex Tape' on June 18, 2014, in Barcelona, Spain. Photo Credit: Getty Images / Miquel Benitez

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"Parks and Recreation" star Rob Lowe and his family were rescued by firefighters Wednesday when severe flooding poured through their vacation home in the south of France.

The actor's teenage son, John, was the first to communicate from the house in Grasse, on the French Riviera, when he tweeted a photo of torrential floodwaters captioned, "Thank you to the fireman . . . [who] saved us from this nightmare. Happy for us all to be safe, thoughts to others."

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When Kim Lowe, wife of Rob Lowe's actor brother Chad, tweeted, "What is that? Water?" John Lowe responded, "Flash flood." He later posted an Instagram video from the same upstairs-window vantage point showing an uprooted tree being swept away. "That's the first floor of our house submerged," he wrote. "Scariest hour or so of my life. . . ."

Rob Lowe, 50, posted an Instagram photo of swirling, muddy floodwaters, describing it as "right outside the house. Was twice as high at the worst, just before sunrise." Lowe's wife, Sheryl Berkoff, 53, was also rescued.

His college-age son, Matthew, appeared not to have been with the family, tweeting, "My thoughts go out to everyone in the south of France. Rob Lowe, Johnny Lowe, everyone be safe in the floods."

A local rescue official told People magazine, "This was the biggest storm of the year. Water rising like that can be terrifying. There's only one rescue station in Grasse, and this storm required assistance from several other regional units. We were called out on a lot of emergency rescues yesterday."

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