The flood of 1992: 30 years later, Vaison-la-Romaine and Bédarrides remember

The flood of 1992: 30 years later, Vaison-la-Romaine and Bédarrides remember

Ouvèze reached a record high on September 22, 1992. (©cc Wikimedia)

“Information of the evening: dramatic storms in the south. The toll is getting worse hour by hour, we are now talking about at least seven dead and one missing, especially in the Vaison-la-Romaine region,” announced the Antenne 2 presenter during the TV news from 8 p.m. It was September 22, 1992Torrential rains have just hit the Haut Vaucluse and raised the level of the Ouvèze to 17 meters above his bed. The final assessment of this flood will report about forty dead and 9,000 victims.

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Ceremonies and prevention

Thirty years later, emotions are still very strong in the department. On Vaison-la-Romaine, the most affected town, from the beginning of the week guided tours, activities and workshops are organized on the occasion of the Ouvèze meeting. This Thursday, September 22, 2022, a memorial ceremony with a wreath placed on a Roman bridge that became a symbol of disaster. At 6:30 p.m., a memorial mass will be held at Notre-Dame-de-Nazareth Cathedral.

On Friday, September 23, 2022, it will be awarded by the Conservatoire d’Espaces Naturels conference on the wealth of Ouvèze. This week, on Saturday, September 24, at 9 am, the cleaning operation “Ouvèze prote” will conclude, followed by the intervention of the Mont-Ventoux Regional Natural Park in the Natura 2000 area. future natural development in the Espace Théos .

In Bedarridesthe municipality organized the “Zoom” exhibition on September 22, 1992, in composition testimonials, photos and videos this dark day. It takes place from 22 to 30 September 2022 at Salle Gonnet.

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