Worst floods in living memory

23 Oct

As some of you may have read, the department of the Aude has been hit by the worst floods in living memory. Our commune, along with 125 others in the Aude, has been officially recognised as being a zone of natural catastrophe.

Fortunately our dwelling has not been affected but our organic garden has been wiped out. The disaster figures are staggering:

    14 people are dead with scores more in hospital
    6,000 people without homes
    Over 10,000 tonnes of household possessions to be removed and scrapped
    Many bridges need rebuilding or replacing
    The total damage to possessions and infrastructure is estimated at €300 million.
    Over 6,000 vehicles to be scrapped

All this happened within an area about 30km diameter of where we live.

Here are some photos of our damage.


The mysterious hole


We have lots of wood now!


There is one of the decking pallets under this lot!


Where to start?


We cannot access this area yet

We are now taking stock of what’s happened. Sadly the beehives were swept away along with the colony of bees that Trish had been nurturing for the last two years. One of the four goldfish seem to have jumped ship. The new watering system has lost only the pump, amazingly. We think we can find three of the nine pallets that made up the garden terrace, but the frame of the marquee that covered it has gone. The reed bed system seems to be intact although the lower filter is almost entirely covered with debris.

This is what the garden looked like before the flood:


3 Responses to “Worst floods in living memory”

  1. Elaine Cameron 26 October 2018 at 23:02 #

    Dear Richard and Trish
    I have been thinking about you since hearing the news.
    How awful although I am relieved to know you are safe and your home is intact.
    So sad about the bees.
    I can see there will be a lot of work to get things back on track. Really sorry you have to go through this.
    These freak weather events are so scary, coming as they do out of the blue.
    I have been flooded twice now in TW and the first time I had to move out for 6 months.
    I pray you can quickly return to some level of normality.
    Please keep us posted.
    Kindest regards

  2. Robin Trow 29 October 2018 at 08:25 #


    Sorry to see the mess the flood caused to your garden.  Hopefully, you’ll be able to repair and replant to get working again.

    Robin & Jen

    ⁣Sent from BlueMail ​

    • Richard 29 October 2018 at 09:39 #

      It’s amazing how quickly the vegetation is growing through the mud and sand.

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