Rain, Rain, Go Away
The last few days in Uzes have not been a lot of fun. Torrential rain has caused flooding and many nearby towns and villages have been hard hit.
Right now, Uzes is under an orange alert.
Fortunately the city of Uzes is on a hill, so even though we are close to the epicenter of a major storm, we have not been affected as much as others by the floods.
This is the fourth big storm in the region bringing more than two feet of rain since mid September. You may have heard that Montpelier had major damage from the first deluge.
The flooding is blamed on a stagnant weather pattern over Scotland, Ireland and the eastern Atlantic Ocean. It has caused more-than-normal amounts of moisture to flow into France.
Photos from some of the areas affected by this storm are pretty dramatic. Here are a few that I picked up from news sources and friends.
Living room in home in village near Uzes
Nimes city street
Nimes city street
Car stranded by flood waters in Nimes
For me, the only damage in my apartment has been a bit of water — apparently from the windows in the guest room. The water must have seeped from under the windows into the electrical outlets. It caused a breaker switch to flip off — fortunately. Some overhead lights and a few other plugs in the apartment were affected, including where the refrigerator and internet are connected. As you can see I “jerry-rigged” the refrigerator and internet with extension cords that connect to functioning outlets.
Electricians among you must be freaking out.
The problem has solved itself now. The electricity is back on, including the hot water tank!
Another storm is expected tomorrow that may be the worse yet.
The night of the biggest downpour I went out to the terrace several times to sweep away debris from a drain that empties water down the side of the building to the street below.
Today in the sunshine I cleaned the floor of the terrace with a scrub brush and swept away as much trash as I could find. If the water accumulate again, it might creep under the sliding glass door of the guest room.
I’m certain the terrace hasn’t been this clean in years.
One thing I noticed while cleaning the terrace is the flagpole at the Duche. The flag that flies on top of his tower indicates if the Duke is in town.
Apparently the Duke’s not at home. I guess he’s left for higher ground …. perhaps to his apartment in Paris.
The Palace of the Duche with no flag.
Another coincidence of the stormy weather is that Saturday Market was nearly empty of vendors and shoppers. Where the streets and cafes are generally mobbed, this day was a different story.
Saturday Market in Uzes after the October flood
Saturday Market cafes were open but few customers after the October flood
A few shoppers wandered around the usually busy Saturday Market in Uzes
If anything good could be said about the stormy weather, the skies have been putting on a quite a show.
This photo was “borrowed” from a local news source and shows one of the powerful lightning strikes during the storm.
A view of the street from my terrace showing the street on that is generally packed with shoppers and vendors
The view from my living room window just prior to the first rain event
If you note in the last photo, there are swarms of birds flying near the 11th century Tour Fenestrelle (“Window Tower”). It may be only me that thinks this, but the birds always seem to know when there’s a big change in the weather. Today they are unusually silent.
Perhaps the birds are resting up for what is ahead….. stay tuned.