“In my house too, the roof windows have burst, there is water everywhere. When I arrived at the town hall and I saw the ceiling of the council chamber collapsed, I admit it, I cracked. I locked myself in my office, I cried for ten minutes and it started again. It’s hard to take the measure… “In my house too, the roof windows have burst, there is water everywhere. When I arrived at the town hall and I saw the ceiling of the council chamber collapsed, I admit it, I cracked. I locked myself in my office, I cried for ten minutes and it started again. It is difficult to take the measure of the extent of the damage. It’s apocalyptic and the hardest part is yet to come. “Of the 49 public buildings in Taillan-Médoc, 50% are unusable. Starting with the three school groups since Tuesday evening. The ceilings are waterlogged and some are in danger of collapsing. The first diagnosis had not reported as much danger, the children had been able to be welcomed on Tuesday. Classes at the cultural center “It was a question of relieving the parents as much as possible, avoiding the children also staying in their ravaged homes , explains Agnès Versepuy. But the rain accumulated on Tuesday, the situation deteriorated. “The municipality fears titanic works to be carried out for their reopening in September. “How are we going to do public procurement? Mobilize companies? One step after another. Agnès Versepuy, mayor of Taillan-Médoc, visiting the cultural center which has been welcoming all school children since Thursday, June 23. “It rained in my house,” Lilou, in CM1, tells her. C. A. For now, all classes have been welcomed to the cultural center since Thursday, June 23. Out of 700 children, 350 frolicked in the gardens, with the authorization of the academic inspection and the prefecture. Teachers, animators, canteen staff, everyone is on deck. “At noon it’s sandwiches, chips, brownies. It’s busy in the improvised kitchens. The dojo is also unusable, like the solidarity grocery store, the covered tennis courts, the wedding hall, all the leisure facilities, the archives, the technical services hangar, the association office , the restaurant… In Saint-Médard-en-Jalles, indoor tennis courts are impassable. Shops were devastated in the Leclerc area in particular. “The objective is a restoration within the year, hopes the mayor of Taillan. All the actors are mobilized, starting with the prefecture, the Metropolis, the National Education. We will contact the Building Federation, the Association of Mayors of France, the Department…” “People are in tears” According to the statements collected in the town halls, 1,110 homes were affected in Taillan. “At best for pierced roofs, at worst for collapsed roofs, and again, it was the people who took the step to warn us…” The town hall estimates that at least 100 houses will have to be completely redone. “That means a year of work,” says Agnès Versepuy. At the moment, these inhabitants are moving everything. “Saint-Médard has so far recorded 700 homes, “of which a good third are uninhabitable”, assesses Stéphane Delpeyrat, the mayor. “It is now that they realize that they have lost everything” For the time being, all are relocated with friends, family, in the hotel paid for by the insurance for at least five days. “”And after?” they ask us”, says Corinne, at the reception of the town hall of Taillan. On the front line, the town hall secretaries see the souls in pain pass by. “People are in tears,” they say. “It’s now that they realize they’ve lost everything,” says Sandra. Before, they were looking for a roofer. Now they are in distress. “The question of relocation is on everyone’s lips without a miracle solution. Even if the insurance companies should cover the rentals until the houses are repaired, as Stéphane Delpeyrat repeats, “there are not enough houses around”. Municipalities have no vacant buildings, real estate agencies have nothing, landlords have few properties available. “The worst is yet to come”, as the mayor of Taillan said…
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