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- Trees amid the waters near Taponas, Rhone region, France
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- France From Above: Trees downed by storm in the forest of the Vosges Mountains, France , Trees amid the waters near Taponas, Rh?ne region, France (46°07’N, 4°45’E).
In Taponas, in the Rh?ne region between the hills of Beaujolais and the hundreds of ponds scattered among the swampy Dombes area, the Sa?ne River overflowed in March 2001. This is a recurring natural phenomenon in the low-lying zone downstream from the confluence of the Sa?ne and the Doubs rivers. The series of floods in several areas in eastern and central France was caused by torrential rains that fell on soil that was already waterlogged and over underground water tables saturated by recent rains. However, capricious climate conditions were not the only cause. Human action also played its part with construction in flood-prone areas, obstacles to water drainage (urban and transport infrastructure), poor river maintenance, or deforestation. With the threat of global warming, we must now adapt to these phenomena, which cannot be avoided: laws may now oblige local authorities and private owners to keep their buildings maintained or risk losing compensation, information on flood-risk areas will be more widely available, and communes can substitute for local people with tasks such as maintenance and evacuation.
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