On Saturday, 21 March 2015, the French Grand Ouest (West France) was bashed by a super high spring tide, an event that happens when the Moon passes closest to the Earth on its elliptic orbit. They say it was the grand marées du siecle — spring tide of the century, with tidal waves going as high as a four-story house.
Here is a selection of photos by Joke Reijnders (the Netherlands) who went to see the event firsthand with the family. None of hers got washed away.
However, news reports say at least two people died when they approached the sea too close. See more photos of this event and other pictures of Normandy on her blog In Normandië (text in Dutch).