“The first priority was to secure the establishment and the patients,” explains Bernard Judet de la Combe, the director. In collaboration with the Regional Health Agency, the gendarmerie, the fire brigade, the hospital and the municipality, 15 patients from the surgery and emergency department were brought to safety.
They were transported on stretchers to the hospital floors. And this, by the stairs as the elevators were unusable. The white plan was triggered in the morning and a crisis unit was immediately set up.
Postponement of operations
“The damage caused by the flood led to the closure of the emergency, radiology and surgery departments at least until Tuesday evening,” specify the authorities, who add that “the Smur remains on alert for all vital emergencies.” In addition, the operating and outpatient programs for the next two days (Monday and Tuesday) have been postponed.
In collaboration with the municipality and the Intercommunal Union of the Arcachon Basin (Siba), two private companies intervened this Sunday morning. One with a jetter truck to release stagnant water and another to create a rampart and secure the second tide this Sunday evening. Which, with a premium of 35 against 76 in the morning, should have less impact.
Two temporary cofferdams
However, two temporary cofferdams were put in place: one in Saint-Brice and another at the entrance to the clinic, on the Arcachon basin side. The firefighters were ready to intervene this Sunday evening, an hour before high water, equipped for this with pumps capable of evacuating 1,000 cubic meters of water per hour.
Around the site, around fifteen residents also saw their gardens flooded with 10 centimeters of water, without this causing damage to the houses or leading to evacuations.
Xavier Daney, the mayor of Arès, announced his intention to request financial assistance from Siba, in order to be able to replace the temporary cofferdams with permanent structures.
In 2009, during storm Klaus, the Arès clinic had already been flooded. But there, the damage was much greater.