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Canal du Midi 19 Oct 2018 14:23 #101961

We are still sitting here below Argens Lock and have now booked into Homps for the winter, provided the locks above us do in fact open. I have had a look at them all and it would seem fairly likely.
It was going to be winter in Castelnaudary but the damage at and beyond Trebes is going to take a very long time to repair. There are lots of pictures at the bottom of our Facebook album 'Aurigny in the south 2018' (Peter Skerritt) which I have made viewable to 'public' as I had difficulty posting pictures here on the forum.

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Canal du Midi 19 Oct 2018 13:18 #101951

Judy Evans wrote: I was asked to add these FB posts to this forum by Diane Warner.


Hello Judy,

Thank you for posting here on the forum as it should enable more members to learn of the problems being encountered down south. I happen to have seen your posts on the DBA Facebook page first but am really pleased to see you posting here.

Best wishes,

Bob
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Canal du Midi 19 Oct 2018 09:51 #101939

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Charles, I’m merely posting messages I am getting via WOBs who, themselves, are posting on Facebook any VNF updates. Can’t give you any further information than that, I’m afraid. The VNF site will obviously be more informative, but WOBs acts as a quick relay for anyone in the immediate area and affected by the recent floods. I was asked to add these FB posts to this forum by Diane Warner.
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Canal du Midi 19 Oct 2018 09:29 #101937

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From WOBs:

“Update on the Canal du Midi...
the canal will reopen to navigation from Marseillette, direction Beziers on Monday morning... including the Argens lock”
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Canal du Midi 19 Oct 2018 08:42 #101934

Judy, thanks for sharing.
The Midi is closed every year from November to Jan 1st (after which navigation is possible with advance notice for locks) so it would be good to have more specific detail of which sections are particularly affected by the floods and which the VNF say may not be repaired in time for when (the Midi season sort of starts in January). I suspect that there are rumours rather than actual VNF notices regarding what may and may not be open and when in 2019?

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Canal du Midi 18 Oct 2018 18:17 #101925

between Capestang and etang de thau there are no problems, the channel at Beziers was closed for 2 days because the floodgates of Orb were closed due to flooding danger.
The channel will close everywhere on Nov 1, the bief of 'ecluse round Agde' is then completely empty!

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Canal du Midi 18 Oct 2018 12:16 #101919

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Information from a fellow WOB member on the current situation in the south - could have a bearing on any plans for next season, as well as those over-wintering in the area this year, so hope you don’t mind me sharing with you all:

“Aude flood update...
News directly from the VNF, the Midi will be closed from Carcassonne heading south east until at least the start of the 2019 season. Major damage on canal banks, locks/gates, bridges, aqueducts, etc will take months once strewn and stricken boats can be hauled out. As far as we’ve heard boat owners/holiday makers are safe - but shook up and in a state of shock and have been helped by locals in the area wherever possible.
Further south east on the Midi there are sporadic stretches of the canal that have opened but it’s raining again today....

We hear Salleles in the Jonction canal has many stranded boats with nowhere to go. Narbonne port is recovering from being badly flooded. This winter is going to be challenging for some.”
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