I blogged this last winter about terrible flooding on the French Mediterranean coast and inland & about frantically trying to contact friends in the area to see if they were safe.
Well, they were but many others have really suffered. There were still many of the little roads down to the beach area at Argeles Plage closed down after more rain last week and the car park/ garden around the apartment building showed clear signs of recent flooding again. The mobile home parks and camp sites are devastated.
Inland has suffered too, the village is ok, and we have managed to get by with only a little water seepage under the workshop doors, but the river Aude is higher than I have ever seen it- we even have a new eyesore flood warning siren on the 11th century church tower!
Frankly if it is ever needed and saves lives, stuff the way it looks…
Many of the little businesses that should now be setting up for Easter trade are either still cleaning up or clearing out. Insurance won’t cover it and no-one will want to lease or buy a property with recent flood history.
The French are in the grip of real economic and political crisis right now. It’s not just the weak euro, businesses are being forced to drop their prices to survive .
I feel deeply for the small enterprises we know personally in the Aude and at those at Argeles that are now probably looking at their last season, if they can open at all. Think about this when you spend your holiday euros; I will be respectfully asking all my guests this season to spend at the little local independent shops, bars and restaurants. Many of these have been in the same families for sixty years and won’t be sustainable much longer.
see it for yourself below-