|Rowing down the road|
One hundred years and one month ago saw record floods in Paris. Between 20 and 28 January 1910, the levels of water measured at the Austerlitz Bridge were at record levels, reaching almost 8 metres (over 26 feet) above normal. Previously there had been floods in 1658 and 1740, both measured at the Tournelle Bridge which was damaged in 1910.
It was caused by a combination of factors:
- an exceptionally wet final quarter of 1909 (two minor floods had already been recorded),
- saturated land, then frozen
- simultaneous flooding of the Seine tributaries.
It wasn't merely a case of 20,000 houses and buildings being flooded, but normal activities were paralysed, electricity and gas supplies were cut, transport severely disrupted, rubbish had to be dumped into the river.
|Shovelling up the rubbish|
This could very easily happen again because the whole region around Paris is at the heart of the heart of three major river confluences - Seine/Yonne, Seine/Marne and Seine/Oise. Since the 6th century there have been 60 major floods. Although there have been none in the last 50 years, apart from 1982, there were 10 between 1910 and 1960. By the law of averages, one is due.
The postcard images are from the Postaletrice Flickr account where there are many more.