Saturday, January 31, 2009

Tempête Klaus

Cahors escaped most of the devastation caused by the great gale. In areas South and Southwest of here, hundreds of thousands of houses lost their electricity and telephone lines, if not parts of their roofs. Forests were flattened, orchards were decimated and agricultural buildings were blown away.

The river Lot overflowed its banks here and there were worries that the water supply had been contaminated. We were instructed to boil water before drinking it, although the manager of the pumping station said that he wasn't going to bother. We now have the all-clear and can get back to general strikes and other winter entertainments.