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PHOTOS: Rob Lowe & family find themselves in French flood

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Give thanks to fireman who rescued them

Frightening times for the Lowe family this week, as flood waters rush their vacation home in France.

When Rob Lowe set off for his vacation home in France six days ago, he was probably expecting more relaxation than adventure, but Mother Nature had other plans in store.

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The Parks and Recreation star and his family had to be rescued from raging waters surrounding their home in Grasse, France, after the area received about three months' worth of rainfall in four hours on Wednesday, according to Yahoo Celebrity. Though their lives may have been in peril, Rob and his youngest son, Johnowen, were still able to take some snaps of the commotion and share on social media.

Rob posted a photo of rushing water to Instagram with the caption, "This is right outside the house. Was twice as high at the worst, just before sunrise."

Johnowen, 18, posted a video on Instagram with the caption, "That's the first floor of our house submerged. Scariest hour or so of my life, also sorry for the explicit language.  #theboyssurvivedaflood." The footage shows strong swirling waters taking out a full-grown tree.

The younger Lowe shared another photo on Twitter with a note of thanks to first responders who came to their aid.

It's a relief that the Lowe family made it out of the flood relatively unscathed because we know that even celebrities are not immune to natural disasters. During the 2004 tsunami in Thailand, supermodel Petra Nemcova suffered a broken pelvis and was forced to cling to a palm tree until she was rescued. Her fiancé, Simon Atlee, was swept away by the waters.

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Rob is admittedly protective and attached to his family. In his memoir, Love Life, the actor recalled the pain of his older son, Matthew, leaving the nest and compared his offspring leaving for college to when his parents divorced during his own childhood.

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