And the rain, it cometh down. Throughout the region, storms have been heaving down more of it than we have seen in months. And so the Rhone has risen. In Arles, we received between 100-120 millimetres of precipitation on Friday and another 115 are predicted for today. It is also estimated that the river will flow at a rate of 7100 meters cubed per second by 3pm today. I am not even entirely sure what that means but it sounds forceful doesn't it?
Ben and I walked took our morning stroll down to the quay as usual. I sucked in my breath when I saw how much the river had swollen over night. A group of onlookers had gathered. All were silent, just watching the might of the current. Roiling. Massive tree trunks whisked away like feathers on air. How tiny we are in the face of all of this.
But not to worry, Arles has seen far worse and although we are on alert this is nothing compared to the floods of 2003 which brought the Rhone all the way up to the quay. It just feels important today to give a nod of respect to Mother Nature and the force of her might.