Heavy snow hits S France, 44,000 homes without power

17th April 2005, Comments 0 comments

LYON, France, April 17 (AFP) - Heavy snowfall in the French Alps and other southeastern regions has left some 44,000 homes without power as rainstorms also caused rivers to burst their banks, French authorities said on Sunday.

LYON, France, April 17 (AFP) - Heavy snowfall in the French Alps and other southeastern regions has left some 44,000 homes without power as rainstorms also caused rivers to burst their banks, French authorities said on Sunday.  

In the Isere, Ardeche and Drome regions in the southeast the national power company EDF said it was working to restore power lines, damaged by falling trees and branches brought down by the snow.  

EDF said it had 120 agents in the field but that work was complicated by the poor weather conditions.  

Snowfall is not uncommon in the region in April, but the more than 40 centimetres (more than one foot) which have fallen since Saturday surprised traffic police and weathermen alike.  

Road traffic was seriously disrupted in the Ain region in the Jura mountain range, with a major highway shut down entirely, regional officials said.  

Flood alerts were issued in the southeastern Rhone-Alpes region as well as in southern Auvergne and Bourgogne, where a total of more than 200 people had to be evacuated as several small rivers burst their banks, firefighters said.  

In neighbouring Switzerland, train and road traffic were also disrupted by heavy snowfall, with the worst delays affecting train services in the Jura mountain range, the national rail operator said.

 

© AFP

Subject: French News

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