Trees amid the waters near Taponas, Rhône, France. (N 46°07' W 04°45'). Card 170x120mm with recycled envelope and biodegradable cello. Detailed caption on the reverse of the card. Card is blank for your own message.
In Taponas, in the Rhône region between the hills of Beaujolais and the hundreds of ponds scattered among the swampy Dombes area, the Saône River overflowed from March 20–23, 2001. This is a recurring natural phenomenon in the low-lying zone, downhill from the confluence of the Saône and the Doubs Rivers. Several areas in eastern and central France were submerged in the spring of 2001. The series of floods was caused by torrential rains that fell on a ground already gorged with water and on underground water tables saturated by recent rains. However, capricious climate was not alone responsible. Human action also played its part with construction in flood-prone areas, obstacles to water drainage (urban and transport infrastructure), poor maintenance of rivers and deforestation.
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