The flooding that hit the Ardèche river catchment* on 23 September 1890 still strikes a chord as the rive’s record flood. Gorged with continuous rainfall that began in the evening of 19 September, it reached a peak on the 22.
After a brief lull, the rain returned in the night of the 23rd and swamped the North Vivarais
The whole Department was affected, including the Eyrieux river valley. Henry Vaschalde, a weather watcher at Vals-les-Bains recorded many accounts referring to some fifty victims, extensive damage to crops and no less than
28 bridges destroyed in the Ardèche river valley.
While 2020 will be remembered by the whole of humanity for the global Covid-19 epidemic, it is also rooted in the memories of many people in the Mediterranean Arc due to four successive weather events that marked this extraordinary year. In January, Storm Gloria...