Heat wave in Orne. How do the agents of the city of L’Aigle adapt and defend themselves?

Agents must wear fluorescent clothing to be visible on the road (©Le Réveil Normand)

In the town of L’Aigle (Orne) road repairmen busy cleaning the streets.

Equipped with “grubbers” (outdoor vacuum cleaners) or a garbage bag or other materials, the city authorities will have to to adapt to the weather to protect yourself

Besides the human side, the drought that needs to be taken into account is touch and go change the environment.

“It helps to avoid hot weather”

Eric Companion, is responsible for municipal technical services, manages various representatives of the community. He explains to us that especially in the summer there are changes.

We start earlier, from 5:30 to noon, which helps to avoid the heat. Agents will have a cool day.

Eric Companion, manager of municipal technical services

The weather is very unspecified, development is planned only at the last moment. “We monitor the weather indicators, prepare, often decide on Friday for the next week,” the head of technical services clarifies.

Eric Companion and Didier Cousin also explain “eavesdropping agents. They can offer themselves if it’s a hot day.”

Organization of the schedule concern only warmotherwise, during the winter, agents work on a regular schedule 8 am to noon.

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He insists. “We don’t start early. In addition, it is not easy, it gets dark quickly. In winter, when it snows, you obviously have to clear the streets.

When, for example, it rains, we don’t take out the glutton from cleaning the city. They are not made for walking in the rain, there is a filtration system that should not be messed with.

Eric Companion, manager of municipal technical services

Either way, whether it’s raining, selling, or snowing, city ​​government should work.

It’s always been like that, we’ve never had any special arrangements. The rise in temperature there was exceptional. We find a peasant world where we have to work outside no matter what, so there are no special arrangements except for the hours and when it’s really really hot and it becomes dangerous for tech agents to go outside.

Didier Cousin, deputy mayor for maintenance

Don’t panic though, when it’s hot, it always is continuity of public services with constancy.


There are always hotlines for other building or other issues. In case of emergencies, there is an electrician who stays for a day to do all the electrical work, or a manager like me who stays for a day.

Eric Companion, Technical Services Manager

Didier Cousinsthe deputy mayor for technical maintenance, works of the city hall performs the role of v control the work technical services.

He will definitely do it develop flowering urban plantings. This explains the increase in temperature changed their actions.

We use more and more perennial plants, which allow us to reduce the number of beds by mulching with wood shavings or tarps.

Didier Cousin, deputy mayor for maintenance

Several advantages for mulchingprevents the growth of weeds, the soil sweats lessthere are many less evaporation therefore more water for the plants. Didier Cousin adds that “it saves water, especially now with the prefectural decree that limits watering.”

Indeed, according to the prefecture’s decree Tuesday, July 26activities limitation and limitation with water consumption must be applied throughout the territory of Orne by September 30. Restrictions include watering lawns, gardens, etc.

Limited prefecture decree, the head of the technical service describes a a completely new limitation which they have to face.

There, for example, we would like to water the plantings, but we had to adapt to the regulation, to a certain extent, to the weather. Schedules were adjusted, crews mobilized at 5:30 a.m. for water.

Didier Cousins

Fewer peers

Eric Companion insists on research alternatives.

We are looking for more solutions that would allow us to water less.

Eric Companion, manager of municipal technical services

And it is on the “products” that modifications take place.

Didier Cousin speaks, for example, about plant changes. “We plant fewer annual plants. There are 50-60% annuals, we are down to 30-40% annuals. 5-6 years ago, we decided to try to take perennial plants so as not to water, and to adapt to the drought is important.”

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