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A ski resort in the Hautes-Alpes cut off from the world because of bad weather

2023-12-03T14:35:34.126Z

Highlights: Bad weather continues to affect the Hautes-Alpes. The Risoul 1850 ski resort, located higher up, remains "inaccessible" for the time being. A torrent in flood crossed the village following the bad weather of the last few days. A dozen mechanical excavators, loaders and dumpers are at work, as well as 269 firefighters mobilized from other regions. The national road 94, cut off at Eygliers, will probably not be able to be reopened on Sunday, the prefecture says.


Significant resources were deployed this Sunday in Risoul where a torrent in flood crossed the village following the bad weather of the last few days, causing great damage. The ski resort of Risoul 1850, located higher up, is inaccessible.


The effects of the bad weather of the last few days continue to affect the Hautes-Alpes. On Sunday, significant resources were deployed in Risoul, where a swollen torrent passed through the village, causing great damage, according to a department official. The Risoul 1850 ski resort, located higher up, remains "inaccessible" for the time being, with the road cut off, Marcel Cannat, vice-president of the department in charge of roads, told AFP. "The priority is to open up (it)," he added, stressing that there is "no more electricity, no telephone network, with a hundred people who are isolated, some are vulnerable."

Companies in the department have been requisitioned to come and help open a track for 4x4 vehicles, he said. A dozen mechanical excavators, loaders and dumpers are at work, as well as 269 firefighters mobilized from other regions. "The challenge is set, the track will be open today (Sunday)," he said. "We're doing everything we can to make sure the station can open on schedule," in mid-December.

The torrent passed through the town hall

In Risoul itself, at an altitude of 174 m, the swollen torrent "crossed the village, passed through the houses and crossed the town hall", he said. "It shattered the windows in the town hall offices and you have stones that are one cubic metre" inside the building, he added, referring to an "unprecedented" event.

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The continuous work of the agents is gradually making it possible to open new roads, to check engineering structures, to bring the rivers back into their bed," the Hautes-Alpes prefecture said in a statement published on Sunday morning.

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Waterlogged soils have become unstable. Thus, there are many minor landslides in the Embrunais sector" and the national road 94, cut off at Eygliers, will probably not be able to be reopened on Sunday, according to her.

In Savoie, some infrastructure remains "affected by bad weather" with disrupted train traffic on the Aix-les-Bains-Ambérieu line and some 950 homes were still without electricity, the prefecture said on Saturday evening.

Source: lefigaro

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