Forty plus days of unrelenting steady rain has raised our water levels to breaking point, here close to the coast in western France. This is the river Charente, a major waterway, about to burst its banks at a small town called St Savinien. The smaller tributaries and streams have long since flooded their respective patches. It's been a long insidious process - no one has been injured, but the damage to the landscape is powerful in its simplicity. These carrelets (or fishing huts) are typically 15' or more above the river's surface.
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