Gales and continuous rainfall have caused widespread flooding in western and central France. One of?
AIR V..flooded areas of Saintes.
NEARER AIR V..ditto.
LV Flooded Roman Amphitheatre at Saintes.
AIR V..flooded warehouses on river embankments at Cognac.
CU Sign "Visit Cognac and the Brandy Warehouses".
LV Flood water in front of warehouse.
SV Men on raft through gates of warehouse.
LV People in street walking on raised planks.
LV Lorry unloading at Hennessy's Warehouse.
GV River Charente in flood.
SV Housewife doing washing in flood water.
LV Ditto pan to flood water.
SV Boatman manoeuvring boat in flood water.
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Background: 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.