Orange vigilance lifted in the Grand Est after a “remarkable snowfall”

No department of the Grand Est was classified in orange snow-ice vigilance Friday at midday according to Météo France, after a “remarkable snowfall” which caused major disruptions to regional TER trains in Alsace and cuts in ‘electricity.

The departments of the region remain however on yellow alert and the traffic conditions, if they improve, are still difficult there.

According to Atmo-Risk, specialist in forecasts and weather risks in Alsace, it had not fallen so much snow since 2006 in the Haut-Rhin, where we recorded a thickness of 22 cm in Colmar and 19 cm in Mulhouse.

In this department the functioning of schools was “very degraded”: “Very few students came to schools this morning, which provide a reception protocol,” said the prefecture.

22 cm of snow also fell in Strasbourg, and more than 30 cm in the Alsatian valleys that penetrate the Vosges mountains.

As a result, train traffic was at a standstill on Friday morning in Alsace, due in particular to falling trees weighed down by snow on the tracks. Some lines resumed gradually from 2:00 p.m. and others were expected from 4:00 p.m., said a spokesperson for the SNCF.

About 12,000 homes were still without electricity, mostly in the Haut-Rhin, according to Enedis. “The diagnostic time is longer than expected due to the difficulty of access,” said a spokeswoman, adding that a helicopter was to fly over the damaged lines in the afternoon to assess the damage.

On the side of Electricité de Strasbourg and Strasbourg Electricity Networks, another energy supplier in Alsace, it is estimated that up to 4,500 people suffered power cuts but the problem was quickly resolved. Only about a hundred homes remained without electricity because part of a damaged line had to be completely redone. A team of loggers is hard at work.

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School buses were also stopped since Thursday in several departments of the Grand Est due to the heavy snowfall.

In the Vosges, Meuse, Moselle and Meurthe-et-Moselle, the circulation of school transport had been stopped on Wednesday evening.

The prefectures of the Ardennes, Bas-Rhin, Haut-Rhin, Moselle, Meurthe-et-Moselle, Meuse and Vosges have also suspended school transport for Friday.

Most of these bans were in effect until 2:00 p.m., but “given the favorable development of the situation, the ban on school transport will therefore be lifted from 2:00 p.m. to allow in particular the return home of children. internal students “, for example indicated the prefecture of the Vosges.

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