Eleanor Storm: Five Dead, Three Missing, Flood Risk and 200 Million Euros of Damage

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People look at damage caused by the passage of the Eleanor storm January 6, 2018 in Wimereux (northern France)

After the passage of the Eleanor storm, which killed five people, 15 departments are still orange alert flooding, while the policeman is sought in Paris.

Fifteen departments remained Sunday orange alert , because of the risk of flooding, after the passage of Eleanor storm that made five dead, three missing, and at least 200 million euros of damage in a first estimate.

Aude and Pyrénées-Orientales to be particularly affected by the storms, with rainfall of up to 130 places to 150 mm of water in 24 hours.

On the Languedoc-Roussillon, and to the northeast of Midi-Pyrénées, the day will be very unstable with lasting rains and often supported.

Pyrénées-Orientales Gard, Météo France announces a yellow alert “waves flooding.”

Snow forecast for Pays de la Loire to the Hauts-de-France

In addition, the strong winds is generated strong waves and a significant raising of the level of the sea. The combination of these two phenomena may cause a flood on exposed or vulnerable to these departments, the most affected being the Pyrenees-Orientales, Aude and Herault.

Snow is even expected in the Loire Valley to the Hauts-de-France.

In Lyon, the Rhone and Saone are already out of their bed The level of the Seine in Rouen region, the Garonne and the Dordogne in the Southwest, and other streams in the Great East or in Franche-Comté also strongly higher.

A riverbank damaged by the passage of the Eleanor storm at Morêtel-de-Mailles
A riverbank damaged by the passage of the Eleanor storm at Morêtel-de-Mailles, in Isère, January 4, 2018 (© AFP / PHILIPPE DESMAZES)

Police officer missing in Paris

In Paris, the level of the Seine reached on Sunday morning around 3.80 meters at the Austerlitz Bridge (yellow alert) and may exceed the rating of 4 meters “by Sunday,” according Vigicrues control body.

Research into the Seine were to resume Sunday morning after the disappearance of a police officer on Friday of the river brigade that was on a year by strong currents, told AFP the prefecture.

On Friday, the body of a volunteer firefighter for 64 years, fell Thursday in a raging torrent during a rescue operation, was found between Savoie and Isere, after 24 hours of research.

One worker was killed and another seriously injured in Choisy (Haute Savoie) on the building site of a farm “weakened by the storm,” according to prosecutors Annecy who opened an investigation.

This 4th winter storm had earlier killed three people in the Alps: a skier in Haute-Savoie on Wednesday a nonagenarian died Thursday in her flooded house in Isère and a farmer found Thursday in a snow slide in Savoie.

Many small claims

Two other people are still missing in the departments affected by the storm: an octogenarian in the village of Lucenay l’Eveque (Saône-et-Loire) and a German 70 years that could be carried in Haute-Marne by Aube in flood.

A preliminary estimate of the French Federation of Insurance (FFA), the passage in France and Eleanor of Carmen, which preceded a few days, would have resulted in more than 150,000 claims for an estimated cost of about 200 millions of euros.

“From a strictly material terms, one is on classic winter storms with lots of claims, but claims for small amounts, it is more broken windows, torn from chimneys, etc. “Said to AFP Saturday Stéphane Pénet, director of property insurance and responsibility to the FFA.

He said the vast majority of victims are individuals, divided into the forty departments affected by Eleanor and Carmen storms.

Damage caused by the Eleanor storm Wimereux, in northern France, January 6, 2017
Damage caused by the Eleanor storm Wimereux, in northern France, January 6, 2017 (© AFP / Philippe HUGUEN)

Ski areas are reopening gradually

Since Tuesday night, much of the country had been placed in orange alert by Météo-France. Strong winds were followed by heavy rain and a warm spell that melted snow and swell the rivers.

After the heavy snow, the avalanche risk is lower than in recent days but “off-piste skiing is strongly discouraged,” noted a spokesperson Val Thorens, the highest resort in Europe, 2300 meters.

The areas gradually reopened Saturday after intense security efforts, as in Tignes / Val d’Isere.

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