Parts of northern France are mopping up after the worst flooding for more than 60 years.
The river Divette burst its banks, inundating the port of Cherbourg.
Town Hall officials said it was the worst since 1949 after which authorities embarked on building major flood defences.
But even they could not hold back water that rose two metres.
One cafe owner surveyed the damage and said: “I’ve only just been able to get back in. It’s worse than a robbery. I don’t know if the cafe will survive.”
Around 100 households found themselves under a thick layer of mud once the waters began to recede.
Up to 300 lost their electricity supply.
Mainline railway services that run alongside the river were also cancelled.