The sudden rise in the rivers of South Ardèche because of the intense rains on Sunday left traces after the recession. The La Baume river, in particular, has left its mark in the villages of Labeaume, Rosières and Joyeuse.

Fortunately, the shops were closed in Labeaume this Sunday afternoon! The river La Baume, which passes at the foot of the medieval village, is suddenly out of its bed and a torrent of mud has invaded the bottom of the village. The water level has reached the vaults on the ground floor. A piece of the retaining wall of the Place du Sablas has collapsed. Fortunately, no one got hurt. The level of the river fell as quickly as it had risen. We must now clean the mud that has entered the houses.

La Baume also left traces downstream on Rosières and Joyeuse. This Monday at noon, around thirty firefighters were still helping to clean up in these two towns. Houses along the river and a few businesses were flooded. The Rosières stadium was notably submerged by the flood. A pedestrian bridge located near the Place de la Grand Font, in Joyeuse, was badly damaged by the force of the current of the Baume.

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On the other hand, no major damage to the departmental roads. They are all open with the exception of the departmental 161, near the Pont de Sampzon, which spans the Ardèche.

“A real Cévennes episode as we have every two or three decades – The mayor of Sablières”

This Cévennes episode is more marked than those of recent years. The rain record was in Sablières with 344 mm, 344 liters of water per square meter. “It’s a real Cévennes episode as we have every two or three decades”, underlines the mayor of Sablières Michel Talagrand. “In the town, the water reached the same height as in 1992 and 2014 and caused damage to our roads. Houses were flooded and a tree fell on the town hall broke windows”. At the foot of the Cévennes, it was the brutality of the floods that surprised. But according to elected officials and residents, we remained 80 cm below the level of the historic floods of 1992.

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