An aqueduct more than a hundred years old collapsed on Sunday night at Comps, in the Gard, without casualties, it was learnt on Monday from firefighters. The eight arches of the aqueduct of stone, built between 1892 and 1900 in Comps, between Nîmes and Avignon, to convey the water of the Rhone is suddenly collapsed to 22h Sunday evening.
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“The structure 200 metres long and suddenly collapsed one hundred meters”, have described the fire department of the Gard, in a press release. According to the daily, Midi-Free , it is the mayor of the village, living nearby, was alerted by a “deafening din” and called the emergency services.
A team of firemen from the Gard and the Bouches-du-Rhône, as well as a thermal imaging camera were deployed to the scene to search for possible victims under the rubble. No victim has been detected.
The work of art crossed one of the roads that lead to the abbey, troglodyte Saint-Roman, inscribed in the inventory of historical Monuments overlooking the confluence of the Gardon and Rhône.