The Flood of the Century in Southwest France, 3-4 March 1930

Life on La Lune

 

Montauban - River Tarn. The marker on the building shows how high the river rose in March 1930 Montauban – River Tarn. The marker on the building shows how high the river rose in March 1930

On Saturday 1st March 1930, 85 years ago, torrential rain started to fall on already saturated ground in Southwest France. Unseasonably high temperatures brought by southerly winds rapidly melted the thick mantle of snow that had fallen in late winter on the mountains. The River Tarn, fed by its swollen tributaries the Agout and the Tescou, began to rise on Sunday 2nd March, but no alarm was raised.

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