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Post Flood Visit

We visited Draguignan at the end of July, six weeks after the disaster. It was a bustling place, on a sunny day, and if we hadn't been aware of recent history we wouldn't have known about it. Only at the particular area, at the far edge of town, has the signs of the disaster.

The Nartuby river flows past the southwest edge of Draguignan, where the D557 road starts out up the hill towards Flayosc and Lorgues. The raging river escaped its banks and flowed northeast down the main road towards the center of Draguignan. In this section, the stores and businesses along the road were heavily damaged, and the prison, also sitting beside the road, was evacuated. Today (6 weeks later) most of the shops and stores are open for business, amidst the remaining signs of the flooding. A large supermarket here was so badly damaged that it's still out of action, and many of the cars destroyed by the flooding are sitting nearby.


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