Two French rivers disappear underground in large cracks and sinkholes
The Doubs river flows normally in Franche-Comté, France. But since about a week or so, the river has totally dried up over a length of more than 1 km, between Pontarlier and Morteau, although precipitation has been abundant this winter and spring. The river has disappeared, and with it, the fauna and flora. Everything is dead. Two weeks ago, 13km of the Risle River in Normandy also disappeared underground in a large crater. According to geologists, this unprecedented event is due to large cracks and craters in the riverbed.
The cave of Remonot is located near the village of Morteau along the Doubs. Dedicated to the Virgin Mary, this Chapel-Cave contains miraculous water and is visited each year on August 15, 2018, the day of the Assumption. But during this year’s annual pilgrimage, the cave was dry! The first time ever! Nearby, the Doubs river is also dry. No water, just pebbles, and dead fish. Residents explain they …


A BMW is halfway submerged in floodwaters on the northbound 5 Freeway at Lankershim Boulevard in Sun Valley on Friday, Feb. 17, 2017.
Several Southern California roads were shut down due to the storm conditions.

  • Both sides of the 5 Freeway at Sheldon Street in Sun Valley were temporarily shut down as big rigs and other vehicles struggled to move through floodwaters on the road. By Friday night, one lane was back open in each direction, Caltrans officials said.

  • Burbank police also closed the northbound Buena Vista on-ramp to the 5 Freeway due to flooding. It was unclear how long the closure would last. Traffic was reduced to two lanes on the northbound 5 at Alameda Avenue in Burbank due to a sink hole on the highway.

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