Xynthia, the deadly storm which ravaged large parts of western France in February, is set to cause even more damage to thousands of people’s lives.
Up to 1,500 houses in the Vendee, the worst affected area, will be destroyed with the zone declared un-inhabitable.
According to the French Sunday paper, Journal du Dimanche, the government will announce the measure this week.
But compensation is not expected to go beyond 150,000 euros – a fraction of what some people’s homes are worth.
“Leaving will be a huge strain. But how can we stay here living with this anguish..with the fear it may happen again,” said one homeowner.
The fate of hundreds of other affected homes remains uncertain.
A total of 53 people were killed during the storm when several areas were flooded.