The heavy rains in Europe have made visiting Lourdes, France a challenge. On June 18th the Grotto was again flooded, as it had been in 2012. There have been interruptions due to flooding. If you heading there on your own you may want to check ahead, but don’t let that stop you from visiting the shrine. We expect the situation to return to normal within a few days.
Just a side note: some independent travelers are mis-spelling Lourdes in their GPS, leaving the letter S off the town’s name and thereby going to the wrong town. There actually is a town named Lourde just south of Toulouse, so be careful that you are headed in the right direction. The shrine at Lourdes is roughly 100 miles Southwest of Toulouse whereas the small town of Lourde is only a few miles south of Toulouse.