5,000 homes still without electricity after heavy snowfall 4

Some power lines did not hold up in the face of heavy snowfall in Alsace. – PATRICK HERTZOG / AFP

Nearly 5,000 homes were still without electricity on Saturday morning in Alsace after an exceptional snowfall, we learned from Enedis. These outbreaks are mainly found in the Haut-Rhin, in the valleys of Munster and Sainte-Marie-aux-Mines, as well as north-west of Rouffach, said a spokeswoman for Enedis. “We are really hopeful of a return to normal in the early evening,” she added.

“The diagnosis was long” to make Friday because of the difficulties of access due to snowfall but Saturday morning, the agents “were able to intervene from 7 am”, she added. After the intense snowfall this weekend, the two Alsatian departments, Bas-Rhin and Haut-Rhin, were placed on Saturday by Météo-France on snow-ice yellow vigilance. School or collective transport for children as well as non-urban passenger transport, excluding TER, are prohibited this Saturday in the Bas-Rhin, the prefecture announced on Friday evening.

Several secondary roads closed

That of Haut-Rhin warned against “risks of snow flows and avalanches on the Vosges mountains”, where “the snowpack, which now exceeds 130 to 150 cm in thickness in the mountains, does not is not stabilized ”. The Collectivité européenne d’Alsace (CEA), which has brought together the departments of Bas-Rhin and Haut-Rhin since January 1, has announced the closure of the Vosges ski site in Markstein, citing the “numerous tree falls” preventing “The opening of access roads” and the risk of “falling trees and branches”.

The Champ-du-Feu station remains partially open, the CEA said on Twitter on Saturday morning. Due to the ice and snow, traffic remains delicate on Saturday morning in Alsace where several secondary axes remain closed, according to the CEA. The snowfall strongly affected train traffic on Friday and the SNCF plans for certain regional lines to return to normal on Saturday “in the middle of the day”.