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Floods inthe Pyrenees

Old 06-24-13, 02:58 PM
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Floods inthe Pyrenees

There have been severe storms in the Pyrenees,on both sides of the frontier. This is an area popular with cyclists,, both tourers and wanna be Lances. Here is a site with some pictures

https://www.sipa.com/en/spotlight/103.../3048/MOD/HOME
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Pyrenean summer flash floods are not to be taken lightly. Every riverside campsite has an emergency flash-flood procedure following a tragedy in 1996 where a logjam broke, releasing a small lake onto a campsite, killing over 70 campers.

If you do camp at a riverside site, check out the flood procedure and the route to the flood shelter (which you may have to use in the dark)

In the event of a flood alarm, you have little time to react so keep a grab bag with your prescription specs, passport, credit cards and any medicines. Keep a flashlight and knife close ( to cut yourself out of the tent) and some shoes ready to slip on to protect your feet from tent pegs etc. Leave everything else behind.

It may sound a bit paranoid, but over 70 people were killed by the flood which prompted these procedures.
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Floods inthe Pyrenees

Good to be reminded of flash flood danger. Thanks for both posts
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I came across this on the 650B Group on Google. damiansraid.tumblr.com Damian and his friend did le Raid Pyrénéen before, during, and after the storm, but they may have crossed the worst hit ares before the damage. Cycle tourists are really at the mercy of the elements.

I guess if you are planning a trip to the Pyrénées you'd best check on the conditions.I've done a fair amount of hiking there, it is really a beauty spot.

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Sorry I couldn't get a good link, but maybe you can get to it by going to groups.google.com/group/650b
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