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Explanation: coulées can also mean sunk...
Maybe I'm getting a little too imaginative here, but if there was a shipwreck and 1000 pieces of cargo were sunk, 1200 were fine and didn't need to be repaired, and the rest needed work....?
It can also mean "sunk" in a figurative sense, as in ruined, but that use is probably too familiar here.
TanyaF Native speaker of: English PRO pts in pair: 16