The next few days will see large tidal coefficients again, with a maximum of 116 on Friday (10th) morning, the banner shows Pont d’Yeu sometime last year at a spring tide and I attach another photo taken in March this year, also during spring tides showing even more of the ‘pont’ exposed at low water.
The weekend at the end of February saw a very strong storm hit the west coast of France, more than fifty people died due to flooding, principally due to a breached dyke on the southern Vendée coast but also due to falling trees and other such hazards. The clearing up is still going on and the debate is open again on the topic of building in zones which are liable to flooding.
On the 2nd of March we visited the Pont d’Yeu (again) this time with a tide coefficient of 116 which is the highest for this year. As a consequence of the spring tides and the high winds of the weekend (120-130kms/hr) the dunes and other structures along the coast have taken quite a beating; but with the exceptionally low tide that day we were able to walk out more than 1km along the ‘Pont’, see the Flikr photos for some images.
We arrived at the coast in time for a walk out on the ‘Pont’, beautiful calm sunny morning. There were lots of starfish stranded on the sand and stones, see some photos on Flickr.