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Storm Damaged Châteaux Initiative 1999

Violent wind storms raged across France in the winter of 1999 causing unprecedented damage both to the natural environment and to historic structures. Thousands of trees were uprooted and ancient allées and groves destroyed. Innumerable châteaux lost roof tiles or chimneys and suffered structural damage as the cyclone passed by.

In its wake, there was great need for urgent intervention. Water damage was extensive, menacing fragile interiors, and gardens and parks needed clearing and replanting. French Heritage Society was in the vanguard of the effort to repair and restore, and contributed $130,000 for Storm Damaged Châteaux.