All over French TV News today. Road and rail traffic is blocked or severely disrupted in several departments.
Neige dans le Sud-Est: 330.000 foyers privés d’électricité ce vendredi matin.
15 Nov 2019. A 63-year-old driver died in the Isère after the fall of a tree. The sexagenarian was trying to move a fallen tree under the weight of the snow around 7 pm, with the help of others, when a second tree fell on them. A 27-year-old man was also injured and hospitalized in Bourgoin-Jallieu.
330,000 homes without electricity
The “particularly heavy snow” and falling trees caused power cuts, depriving some 330,000 households of power in the Drôme, Isère, Rhône and Ardèche, the power company Enedis announced this morning.
“It’s an exceptional situation because it’s very concentrated in the same area, that’s why we have a lot of damage to our power lines, there are trees torn off, branches weighed down by the snow that come to create short circuits, and the phenomenon of sticky snow that comes to agglomerate on the electrical cables,” said Robin Devogelaere, director of communication for Enedis. It is not yet determined when repairs will be completed because “operations are expected to be complicated.”
Two power lines were cut. The first incident occurred Thursday in Tournon-sur-Rhône (Ardeche) when under the weight of the snow a power line of 20 000 volts fell. A second cable fell in the evening in Saint-Julien-en-Saint-Alban on 25 houses, whose occupants were evacuated by firefighters.
Thanks to Ben Vorlich and Argiris Diamantis for these links