Gales and continuous rainfall have caused widespread flooding in western and central France. One of?
Gales and continuous rainfall have caused widespread flooding in western and central France. One of the hardest hit regions is the Charente Valley.
Flying over the ancient town of Saintes, our cameraman records the extent of damage caused by the turbulent Charente. The Roman Amphitheatre's arena is submerged beneath two feet of water, farmsteads are marooned, and roads are impassable.
Further along the Charente is Cognac, centre of the Brandy producing industry. This town has also been severely affected by flooding. Fortunately the valuable spirit stocks are not so far affected, although warehouses are partly flooded.
When the Charente ceased rising late Jan 10, officials said it had reached its highest level since the serious flooding of 1904.