Friday, 21 June 2013

Lourdes floods 2003 - III

Further update, via Tony Assante, with our thanks (11am, French time): The Hoteliers Association have said that 40 hotels were seriously damaged by the flooding. The cost to each hotel runs to roughly 1 million euros by their estimations. There is talk, not confirmed that riverside hotels will need to reconfigure to limit future damage. More information when plans are confirmed. 

Update from Lourdes, via Tony Assante, with our thanks (10am, French time):

The work is progressing, this morning a geological survey will examine the Prairie, which has been badly damaged as all the footpaths have come up and all the underground pipes, have been affected. They also need to check the stability of the trees that are near the river on the Prairie side of the Gave. The Way of the Cross of the Sick is practically unusable.

There are reports that future works will be undertaken to protect the Sanctuaries from future floods. More information when plans are confirmed.

Update from Lourdes this morning (9am, French time):

Several masses (details in link) all to be held in the Upper Basilica area:

In addition, there will be a Eucharistic Adoration Service thisafternoon at 17.00 (France) in the Rosary Basilica.

There will be a Marian (Torchlight) procession tonight at 21.00 (France). The procession will leave from the Esplanade (from the base of the steps of the Rosary Basilica - north side).

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