... as I came back down the drive from the house.
We have two washing machines going full pelt on their spin cycles, (one in the house, one in the cottage) trying to get the towels dry enough to mop up yet more of our small "inundation" in the hall and I was coming back with another load as the siren sounded.
That means the Garonne has broken its banks.
I've just looked at the vigicrues flood warning graph and in 24 hours the Garonne has gone from just over four to just over eight metres. And the graph is still on an upward incline. Two dotted lines cross the graph, showing the floods of June 1st 2013 (8.08 metres) and of January 25th 2009 (9.04 metres). At nine metres in 2009 the town was virtually cut off.
There will be people on the flood plain tonight moving their furniture to the first floor. It puts our own small pond in the hall into perspective.