Bulbargence inondated

Shirley Meneice samclan@redshift.com
Wed, 10 Dec 2003 21:40:03 PST
I don't know you or your nursery, but my heart goes out to you.  I know 
how devastated you must feel.  Know that we all are wishing the very 
best for you, your family and your nursery.
	Sincerely, Shirley Meneice

Lauw de Jager wrote:

> Dear  friends,
>   Wednesday morning the 3/12  the Rhone bank has broken at 300 m of our
> nursery.  Waterlevel reached 230cm (8ft) in our house and after having saved
> the maximum we retreated to the first floor. My family was secured by
> helicopter on thursday afternoon.  Fridaynight I was able to leave the house
> with my dog and reach dry land by foot.  My family, office etc is now
> installed with friends in a neighbouring village Fontveille.
> Waterlevel decended on saterday sufficiently to see the damage. The view is
> an apocalyps. The strong current during 48hrs has collected every thing in a
> great heap. There are 1-2m high "sand drifts" in the garden, barn and the
> nursery and virtually all boxes, pots, and raised beds are covered with
> 50-100cm of loam. The shade hall is intact  but the boxes are partly covered
> with debris and mud. The plastic tunnel has been flattened.
>  In the house and the packing store everything is on the ground and covered
> by 30cm of mud. The harddisc and the main computer has neen saved and  a new
> office  is workinng with my secretary and collaborator Marja allready in
> action.  A field of 2 ha with  a stock of more curent bulbs only had  50cm
> of water and no current. This field is now drying out and we should be able
> to start shipping by the middle of january.But is it the wintergrowing
> collection which is in  great danger.  When the sludge dry out we will try
> to  uncover the the plants before rotting starts.
> On the Image list I will attach  an a 'cartoon 'made by a friend to
> 'remonter le moral'
> I will keep you informed. Kind regards
> Lauw de Jager
> Bulb'Argence
> Mas d'Argence chez Boutière
> 'Les Olivades, 
> 13990  Fontveille  France
> tel 31(0)490 548 201   fax 0490 910 081
> http://www.bulbargence.com/ Email: dejagerzbulbargence.com
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