top cx logo
cx logo
Explorearrow down
search icon
Explore
arrow down

Hamlet cut off by massive landslide

Several dozen locals are trapped after their only access road collapsed under rocks and mud

RESIDENTS of a hamlet in the Hautes-Pyrénées looked out of their windows on Friday afternoon to find they had been cut off from the rest of the world.

A 150-metre stretch of road, the only access route serving the community in Gazost, collapsed under a massive landslide. A barn was swept almost 1km away by the rock and mud - and one house was almost taken with it.

No one was injured, but two residents in need of long-term medical attention were airlifted out by helicopter.

The hamlet has an official population of 140, but most of the properties are second homes. Only 20 people were at home at the time.

Mayor Pierre Darré told TF1: "We had a huge amount of snow in February, followed by heavy rainfall."

He said he hoped a temporary road could be set up in the coming days to restore access.

Pyrénées : Gazost coupé du monde par une coulée de boue. Les images impressionnantes ici >>http://t.co/s1Xkszk7a1 pic.twitter.com/NwjlMNP3Px— Le Parisien (@le_Parisien) 1 Mars 2015
Resident or second-home owner in France?
Benefit from our daily digest of headlines and how-to's to help you make the most of life in France
By joining the newsletter, you agree to our Terms & Conditions and Privacy Policy
See more popular articles
The Connexion Help Guides
featured helpguide
Healthcare in France*
Featured Help Guide
- Understand the French healthcare system, how you access it and how you are reimbursed - Useful if you are new to the French healthcare system or want a more in-depth understanding - Reader question and answer section Aimed at non-French nationals living here, the guide gives an overview of what you are (and are not) covered for. There is also information for second-home owners and regular visitors.
Get news, views and information from France
You have 2 free subscriber articles left
Subscribe now to read unlimited articles and exclusive content
Already a subscriber? Log in now