Eleanor Storm: A Farmer Found Dead in the Snow

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A farmer was found dead in a snow slide in the Savoie, due to Eleanor storm

Thursday, January 4, 2018, a farmer was found dead in a snow slide near his Alpine chalet in Savoie. The balance of the Eleanor storm is three dead.

The toll rises following the passage of the Eleanor storm . After the death of a skier of 21 years on Wednesday, killed by a falling tree on a track of the station Morillon (Haute-Savoie) and that of a ninety year old in her flooded home in Isère , a third death has been reported. It is that of a farmer was found dead in a snow slide near his Alpine chalet in Bonneval-sur-Arc

A volunteer firefighter is also missing : he succored a refugee family on the roof of his car on Thursday at midday, when he was swept away by a raging torrent, Breda, between Isère and Savoie.

“Over 80 people are looking for it,” with “substantial resources, helicopters, dog teams, divers, but all in extremely difficult conditions,” said the prefect of Savoy, Louis Laugier.

Mudflow of 50 m3

On Thursday, firefighters were still conducted several hundred interventions in SavoieHaute Savoie and Isère and many local roads remain cut.

In Grenoble, the occupants of an apartment on the third floor of a building glued to the cliff along the Isere quays, saw a 50 m3 mudslide happen through windows. But more fear than harm: no injuries.

Rain and sleet are overflowing with many rivers. In its latest bulletin, Météo France has kept alert rains flood-seven departments : Isère, Savoie, Haute-Savoie, Doubs, Jura, Territoire de Belfort and Haute-Saone.

The Seine at Rouen overflowed  and rivers are placed in amber alert to the risk of flooding, as in Gironde, in the far east, in Franche-Comté and Limousin.

In the northern Alps, the risk of avalanches, followed related to snow showers equally abundant with heavier coat, was Thursday maximum safe places, while ski resorts are crowded in the school holidays.

Some flows have covered the roads, but the risk of spontaneous departures should “significantly reduce” Friday by Meteo France.

Many areas remained closed Thursday and opened only on the bottom of the stations. But the prefect of Isere has asked travelers not to anticipate their return because the axes are still being cleared.

In Haute-Savoie, a hundred people from the hamlet of Etelley, near Morillon, were evacuated as a precaution.

The wind blows more but the rain and the snow still disrupt seven departments still orange vigilance Thursday night, while floods threaten locally in fifteen.

Exceptional intensity

In addition, 15,000 homes were left without electricity in France, including 7,000 in Alsace and Franche-Comte, according to a report of Enedis 12.30am. In Corsica, there are more than 1,644 homes without power.

Waves during the passage of the Eleanor storm in Marseille, January 4, 2018
Waves during the passage of the Eleanor storm in Marseille, January 4, 2018 (© AFP / BORIS HORVAT)

The island was also hit by fire “of exceptional intensity in the winter,” according to the prefecture, due to strong winds and dry soil cocktail.

By late afternoon, they were under control, although still active in Corsica, in Sant’Andrea di Cotone (1,000 hectares) and Chiatra (650 ha). Over 300 personnel are always engaged in the field, supported by 3 Canadair.

A Chiatra, a source close to the investigation, a witness saw a post falling under the wind, causing an electrical arc that would have set fire to the bush. For the fire of San Andria di Cotone, however, the criminal is not excluded.

In addition, the always difficult weather caused delays or cancellations, by boat from Bastia.

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