in Saintes, vulnerable buildings diagnosed

in Saintes, vulnerable buildings diagnosed
in Saintes, vulnerable buildings diagnosed

VSn Wednesday morning, May 29, in the gravel courtyard of the Dupuy-Mestreau museum in Saintes, the rain hampered satellite data collection. A few moments later, the team led by Alexis Pelud, technician from EPTB Charente, in charge of the diagnostic operation for the Agglo de Saintes, took advantage of a less cloudy sky to carry out the topographical measurements which should indicate where the Dupuy-Mestreau museum is located in relation to sea level. The rest of the visit…

VSn Wednesday morning, May 29, in the gravel courtyard of the Dupuy-Mestreau museum in Saintes, the rain hampered satellite data collection. A few moments later, the team led by Alexis Pelud, technician from EPTB Charente, in charge of the diagnostic operation for the Agglo de Saintes, took advantage of a less cloudy sky to carry out the topographical measurements which should indicate where the Dupuy-Mestreau museum is located relative to sea level. The rest of the visit is carried out indoors. Between the walls of this old 18th century mansione century, the network is insufficient to collect satellite data. An old-fashioned measuring tape will do the trick.

Alexis Pelud is accompanied by two colleagues whom he is training for this pilot program integrated into the Papi (Flood Prevention Action Program) of the Charente River. The envelope amounts to 5.6 million euros for the period 2024-2030. This campaign concerns 56 municipalities crossed by the Charente river. Alexis Pelud has carried out a similar mission, again for the EPTB, over the last two years for the municipalities of Port-d’Envaux, Romegoux, Crazannes, La Vallée and Geay.

Privates from this summer

In a very short time, Mona Jean-Baptiste and Paolo Spronck will intervene respectively in the territories of Grand-Cognac and Grand-Angoulême in order to carry out a vulnerability diagnosis, draw up a report and recommend works and equipment such as cofferdams, valves anti-return, raising of the sockets. For the Agglo de Saintes, 1,126 “vulnerable” homes have been identified. The diagnostic campaign for private and business homes will begin this summer.

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For the moment, technicians are interested in public buildings. In Saintes alone, around twenty buildings are likely to be flooded, based on the 100-year flood of 1982 as a reference. Town hall, Episol, Archaeological Museum… all are exposed to varying degrees. Alexis Pelud observes the premises, questions the museum curator, Maximilien Fortin, and collects memories from the people at reception.

The museum has been spared from the floods of recent years but it is important to prepare. This isn’t really new. For a long time, none of the Dupuy-Mestreau museum’s collections have been within reach of flooding since they are exhibited on the upper floors. Reception computer equipment is the most vulnerable today. Among the existing tools, there is the Works Safeguarding Plan (PSO) which was activated this winter for the Archaeological Museum. It allowed the rooms to be evacuated to a safe place. The building on Place Bassompierre was on the program of today’s tour.

Whether for communities or private individuals, the diagnosis is free. If communities cannot legally go beyond 80% aid, individuals will be able to benefit from support of “up to 100%”, insists Alexis Pelud. The challenge is “to increase the work transition rate” which is only 5% according to national observations. In this program, everything is done so that financing is not a barrier. In addition to a very high subsidy rate, the program provides a cash advance system. In other words, it would be a shame to deprive yourself of it.

(1) Register with the EPTB by calling 07 65 16 77 00 or by sending an email to [email protected].

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