La Brague, October 4, 2015, the day after the bad weather that killed three people in the town. PHOTO / JEAN CHRISTOPHE MAGNENET - JEAN CHRISTOPHE MAGNENET / AFP
- The community of Sophia Antipolis signs the acquisition of the hamlet of Brague this Tuesday.
- The area, particularly exposed to the weather, will be completely renatured.
- The housing estate, built in 1990, will be razed to the ground in the fall of 2020.
The hamlet of Brague de Biot (Alpes-Maritimes) will soon no longer exist to leave its place in the eponymous stream. This Tuesday, representatives of the community of Sophia-Antipolis (Casa) will formalize the acquisition of this subdivision of 24 houses, particularly exposed to the risk of flooding.
Built in 1990, the proximity of the housing estate to the Brague river strongly exposes these houses. The bad weather, which occurred in the fall of 2015, was particularly destructive and deadly on the Côte d'Azur. Twenty people died, including three in Biot. And the damage was considerable: the inhabitants of the hamlet of La Brague saw the water rise more than a meter at home.
Since then, the idea of transforming this risk zone has been on the move. It takes shape on Tuesday with the signing of the acquisition of the area by the Casa.
Back to the nature of Brague
The idea is to "return this piece of land to La Brague", explains Guilaine Debras, former mayor of Biot and vice-president of the Casa. The riverbed will be widened and the banks of the river will now be a public space suitable for walking.
Of the 24 houses, five have been bought by the State as part of the Barnier scheme intended to compensate for the expropriation of property exposed to a major natural risk. The rest were bought by the community of communes. In all, 13 million euros were invested for this project, intended to avoid other material and human damage in the event of new bad weather. The goal, according to Guilaine Debras, is that the co-owners left before the fall"To take no risk".
Work will begin this fall
The inhabitants were first worried when the rapid departure was announced. "They feared with the confinement of not finding other houses," said Guilaine Debras, replaced in the first round, on March 15, by Jean-Pierre Dermit. While some have found temporary rentals, others, tenants from the hamlet, have been relocated.
The renaturation works will begin in the fall and must last at least one year.
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