Thursday, 25 February 2010

Lac du Salagou, Celles

Abandoned village of Celles

Continuing the series of photos taken in the Salagou valley this is the village of Celles. Celles at an altitude of 143m was threatened by the flooding of the valley in 1969. Much of the village was compulsorily purchased but the villagers were very reluctant to move. When the dam was completed the waters rose to their current level of 139m. The village was abandoned. The plans to deepen the reservoir to 150m were abandoned in 1996 and now there is some hope of re-establishing the village. However much looting of stone and fittings from the houses had taken place in the intervening 30 years!

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