Those were fine, peaceful days in April and May 2006 when we were in the Dordogne, around Sarlat. Here are some scenes in a slideshow made up of photos I took back then.
This past week has been a different story down there. The Dordogne river overflowed a couple of days ago. Here's a France 2 television video, shot by drone, showing the flooding at the village of La Roque-Gageac, one of the most beautiful in the region. The water rose quickly and went back down fairly quickly too. News reports say the damage was minimal, even though the river waters were lapping up against the foundations of buildings along the village's main road.
The ninth photo in my slideshow (toward the end) is a picture of La Roque-Gageac's river road and its château. The Cher river, down the hill from where we live, four hours north of Sarlat, has flooded too. I drove down there yesterday morning and saw fields flooded, but all lthe houses seemed to be above the floodwaters... so far.