Storm Domingos wreaks havoc on Larvotto beach in Monaco
Restaurant terraces on the beach swept away by the waves, furniture buried under the sand, broken structures... Storm Domingos did not spare the Principality on Saturday night. And the submersive waves caused havoc on Larvotto beach, where several shopkeepers saw their outdoor facilities damaged by the sea and sand.
The front of the establishment bore the brunt. Tables and chairs were broken and technical equipment damaged. This Sunday morning, the teams pushed back the sand that had covered the terrace to form a protective dyke. "It's all beginning to take its toll, and we're feeling let down by the problem".
"The problem has been the same for twenty years".
The refurbishment of the beach, carried out between 2020 and 2021, has clearly failed to provide a solution for slowing down the sea flow in the event of a storm and protecting the restaurant owners' terraces. "I've been here for twenty years and the problem is the same," says a tired Christophe Cailteux, the owner of Miami Plage.
His establishment was hardest hit by the storm on Saturday night. The terrace was buried under mounds of sand with tables and chairs sticking out. "On Saturday evening, we had dismantled some of the equipment, and at around 4 in the morning, the waves took over everything.