Very recently it was astonishing to receive from HCPT HQ news of serious floods that have just hit Lourdes. The photos and film clips of the floods that I have seen so far indicate that they are far worse than those of October 2012. As it happens the HCPT Group 729 deputy group leader and myself traveled out to Lourdes at the end of October 2012 for a long week end retreat at nearby Hosanna House. The floods then had abated and the whole domaine cleaned up. A bridge had been damaged and had been closed but apart from that and the absence of the usual lush green grass on the prairie the workers and volunteers had then competed an amazing clean up in a few days.
The Group 729 hotel (Hotel Alba) sent a reassuring note to the effect that only their basement had been hit but that even that was being cleaned up. Anyway the Alba and the other Lourdes hotels were 100% back in business when the next full HCPT pilgrimage took place during Easter Week 2013.
This time (June 2013) the floods were apparently far worse. Indeed the photograph below depicts part of the rear administrative quarters of the Alba whilst in the foreground showing a French rescue team attending upon a smaller hotel in a side street just behind the Alba:
Just seen this photo of the Alba (courtesy and thank you 'Limerick Leader'):