In 2021 MIIAM and Sudaléa decided to test a new communication tool on flood risks to sustain, rekindle or arouse recollections about past and more recent extreme flood events.
This tool comprises a series of factsheets entitled, “Past floods and today’s regions in the Mediterranean Arc” that seek to inform the general public and local stakeholders involved in managing flood risks. They may also be useful to government departments, for communication, awareness-raising or training purposes.
Each factsheet pinpoints exact locations where local areas in the Mediterranean Arc have been hit by flash floods, overbank flow and/or runoff water. They feature one or two images of past events, together with reports or personal accounts recorded at the time. The historic images can then be compared with the same flood-free scenes as they look today using new photos taken from exactly the same spot and angle, as well as new accounts from current local residents.
A trial was conducted in 3 test areas, in 2021, in conjunction with relevant local stakeholders:
– one in an urban area (Nîmes –Department of Gard),
– one in a rural setting (Sarrians – Department of Vaucluse)
– and one on marine submersion (site identified in the Department of the Pyrénées Orientales).