A torrent in flood crossed Risoul. Significant resources were deployed on Sunday in this commune in the Hautes-Alpes following the bad weather of recent days which caused significant damage, according to an official of the department. The Risoul 1850 ski resort, located higher up, remains "inaccessible" for the time being, with the road cut off, said Marcel Cannat. "The priority is to open up (it)," added the vice-president of the department in charge of roads, 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 given, the track will be open today (Sunday)," he said. We are doing everything we can to ensure that the station can open on the scheduled date," in mid-December.
Stones in the town hall
In Risoul itself, at an altitude of 174 m, the swollen torrent "crossed the village, crossed 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 meter" inside the building. An "unprecedented" event. "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 beds," the Hautes-Alpes prefecture said in a statement published on Sunday morning.
"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.