Storm Xynthia: A Year Later

Dilapidated Sea Wall, France
Angoulins, Poitou-Charentes, France. L’ocean apres avoir effectué une breche dans la falaise betonnée, a creusé un orifice de 10 metres de long derrier le béton. Captions and photo Photo source: ©© Thierry llansades


A year ago on Monday the hurricane winds of Storm Xynthia drove the sea over the Île-de-Ré and much of the Charente-Maritime coastline to devastating effect. Many people lost their lives in the Charente-Maritime and especially in neighbouring Vendée.

Last week I went to the Île-de-Ré and saw the aftermath a year on. While most of life on this tourist island is back to normal, I was surprised to see just how much work is still being carried along the coastline…

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Ministere de l’Ecologie: Tempête Xynthia, un an après : des actions fortes pour prévenir les inondations

Tempête Xynthia, un an après: douleur et rancoeur des familles, Le Figaro

The Memory of Risks, Coastal Care

Before and After Xynthia Pictures, Taken by Locals, Flick’r

500m Euros to stop the next Xynthia flood, A Year Later, The Connexion

Xynthia storm: strong actions in France to prevent floods, European Commission

Un “Regard Scientifique sur Xynthia”