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The Cher (Occitan: Char) is a river in central France, a left tributary of the Loire. It is 367.8 km (228.5 mi) long and its basin area is 13,718 km2 (5,297 sq mi). Its source is in the Creuse department, north-east of Crocq. It joins the river Loire at Villandry, west of Tours.
|Native name||Le Cher (French)|
|• location||Massif Central|
|• elevation||762 m (2,500 ft)|
|Length||367.8 km (228.5 mi)|
|Basin size||13,718 km2 (5,297 sq mi)|
|• average||104 m3/s (3,700 cu ft/s)|
|Progression||Loire→ Atlantic Ocean|
The river suffered a devastating flood in 1940, which damaged the Château de Chenonceau, which spans the river, and other structures along the banks. It owes its name to the pre-Indo-European root kʰar 'stone'.
Departments and townsEdit
The Cher flows through the following departments, and along the following towns:
The main tributaries of the Cher are, from spring to mouth (L: left / R: right):
The Cher was part of a network of waterways that linked the city of Tours to Nevers, where connections to other regions of France existed. As of 2018[update], only the 54 kilometres (34 mi) section between Larçay (southeast of Tours) and Noyers-sur-Cher is navigable for small boats (maximum draft 80 cm). It has 14 locks. At Noyers-sur-Cher, it is connected with the Canal de Berry, of which only the westernmost 15 kilometres (9.3 mi) section until Selles-sur-Cher is navigable.
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