Advertisement

Readers like you keep news free for everyone.

More than 5,000 readers have already pitched in to keep free access to The Journal.

For the price of one cup of coffee each week you can help keep paywalls away.

Support us today
Not now
Thursday 30 November 2023 Dublin: 3°C
Bob Edme/AP The famous Grotto in Lourdes, where the Virgin Mary is said to have appeared in the 19th century, is under five feet of water after intense floods.
Lourdes

Hundreds of pilgrims evacuated after flooding hits Lourdes

About 50 Irish pilgrims are thought to be among 500 faithful who are being evacuated from hotels.

FRENCH RESCUE SERVICES and police are evacuating hundreds of pilgrims from hotels threatened by floodwaters from a rain-swollen river in the Roman Catholic shrine town of Lourdes.

About 50 Irish pilgrims are thought to be among those who have been evacuated.

A spokesman for the Lourdes sanctuary said the grotto itself was under 1.5 metres (about five feet) of water after the Gave River overran its banks. Visits to the grotto have been temporarily suspended.

Regional government spokesman Anatole Puiseux said about 500 people were being evacuated from riverside hotels, and more rain was forecast for later Saturday.

Lourdes’ grotto is said to be the site where the Virgin Mary appeared to a 14-year-old girl named Bernadette in 1858.

Officials say the town draws about 6 million visitors a year.

The shrine has special meaning for the suffering, many of whom believe its spring water can heal and even work miracles.

Your Voice
Readers Comments
128
    Submit a report
    Please help us understand how this comment violates our community guidelines.
    Thank you for the feedback
    Your feedback has been sent to our team for review.