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All information gathered first-hand, since 1995


There are no tourist sights to see here (other than the lovely old bridges) and no village café, but this is not a dying village. On an early-morning visit, the main square had a lot of local activity, with people coming and going, and meetings and conversations between the villagers.

Floods in Labastide-en-Val

Floods are a recurring problem in any riverside village. Here, the 1948 flood was particularly memorable. A village resident showed us the high-water mark scratched into the front of his house — aboutr 2 meters high.

He said the villagers were all in the local cinema building one night when they heard the water come crashing through. A van of gypsies was caught by the flood and carried downstream. The van can still be seen, half buried in the bushes downstream from the village.

There was a second flood, much more recent, but the water rose only to the top of the bridge arches.



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