Tuesday, January 22, 2013

L’inondation

Courrensan turnoff
The weather gods are having some kind of party right now, and it’s strobing between brilliant sunshine and rain, with a bit of fog to liven up the dance-floor.  Our ponds may have filled up, but at least they’re all sitting on lower ground. Those Gascons not living on hilltops are having a much wetter time.

I had some errands to run in town this afternoon, and was amazed to see how much of the lower lands on the eastern side of the road were now flooded. If I was driving this road for the first time I might have assumed that it was a long lake. The twists and turns are all familiar but the landscape is almost unrecognisable. There aren’t many buildings on this stretch – it’s mostly farmland turned variously to sunflowers, grains or pasture - and those very few tend to hug the roadside, and even then are partially inundated.

farmhouse flood  near Justian
racetrackCloser to Vic-Fezensac the local race-course is now only fit for seahorses.
racetrack

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