before after Discover shocking images of drought in the Loire and Haute-Loire

In Roannais, Lake Villerest is empty

Our daily newspaper already wrote this on July 21: Lake Villarest is losing 1 million cubic meters per day. And the satellite images we received confirm these facts to a large extent.

If we are not yet at the historic low water level of 2018, on Thursday July 21, the president of the EPL (Lower Public Establishment), Daniel Frechette, spoke to the community council of the Ronais agglomeration to give the figures: currently the water body has 89 million m3 When the water was 140 million m3 In June.

Satellite view of the Loire, above Lake Villarest (Rhônais). Left, August 4, 2021. Right, August 11, 2022.

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Source: Sentinel Playground

At Lavalette Dam, less and less water

On 13 July a fire that consumed a total of 2,000 square meters of undergrowth left areas around the Lavalette Dam in Haute-Loire inundated with drought.

The satellite images below clearly show the difference between the landscape in August 2021 and the same time this year. This summer, we completely separate the surroundings of Lignon du Vallée.

Satellite view of the Loire above Lavalette Dam (Haute-Loire). Left, August 11, 2021. Right, August 11, 2022.

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Source: Sentinel Playground

At Usson-en-Forez, the vegetation is more than yellow

When tank trucks arrive to reinforce forage in the face of water shortages, especially at Ousson-en-Forge, the whole of this sector of the Loire suffers.

The difference between August 2021 and August 2022 is obvious. The summer of 2021, which was considered “wet” despite years of drought, revealed a greener landscape than this year.

Satellite view of Loire above Usson-en-Forez. Left, August 11, 2021. Right, August 11, 2022.

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At Saint-Jaudard, large sand banks

Near Saint-Jaudard, in Rounais, drought is also causing damage.

Near Château de la Roche, the Loire River, already affected by several years of dry summers, is thirsty. Between August 2021 and 2022, the sandbanks that have formed on the Loire’s edge can be widely separated.

Satellite view of the Loire, near Château de la Roche (Ronais). Left, August 11, 2021. Right, August 11, 2022.

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On their Facebook page, the managers of Golf de la Plaine, located in Lantriac in Haute-Loire, shared photos of the effects of the drought on their land.

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