Albertville (France) (AFP) – After a nightmare weekend for motorists on the roads of Savoy stations – with thousands of cars stuck in the snow, and nearly 15,000 people staying in emergency centers – traffic gradually returned to normal Sunday, according to the prefecture and Bison Smart
“Traffic is supported but flows,” said a spokesman of the Prefecture of Savoie.. “It’s still in charge, but it is back to normal,” said for his part an officer of the Regional Centre for Information and Coordination road (CRICRs) Rhône-Alpes.
“The stream is being absorbed. The goal is to route all the people to their destinations in the stations, “said the prefecture, not completely exclude that some drivers may still have recourse to emergency accommodation, always place in five cities. Saint-Jean de Maurienne, Saint-Michel de Maurienne, Bourg Saint Maurice, Moutiers and Albertville
reported difficulties remained on the RN90 to Bellentre 4km from Bourg Saint Maurice, following an accident. A detour has been set up and return to normal is expected around 7:00 p.m..
Tarentaise resorts are open access, except Val Thorens and Les Arcs 2000 that still require chaining. Maurienne, the obligation chaining towards Valloire was lifted for vehicles with snow tires, but access to Arvan necessarily requires chaining, completed the Savoie prefecture in a statement.
– Arrival of a more intense cold Monday –
“orange alert” snow-ice also ended in the afternoon for the four departments (Ain, Isere, Savoie Haute-Savoie) concerned. But the arrival of a more intense cold Monday could increase the risk of ice throughout the country.
The prefecture of Haute-Savoie also warned about the risks of avalanches, especially in Mont Blanc. A very real risk: further south, in the resort of Auron (Alpes-Maritimes), an avalanche killed a skier who was off-piste
This improvement comes after 24 hours of chaos. Savoyard 15,000 vehicles blocked roads and Saturday night. After the outbreak of an emergency housing plan by the prefect of Savoy, nearly 15,000 people spent the night from Saturday to Sunday in reception centers, but an unknown number of motorists were stranded in their . vehicle
Firefighters Department intervened on 270 occasions from these “road shipwrecked” but only one case of distress has been reported: a young man in hypothermia in his vehicle, which was rescued . His prognosis is not engaged.
Most of the travelers were greeted in reception centers, the occupancy rate was close to 100%, according to the prefecture of Savoy. “There were 83 shelters open” in Savoy, in the Hautes-Alpes and Haute-Savoie, said Sunday on Europe 1 the Secretary of State for Transport, Alain Vidal.
“We arrived by bus in Moutiers to 11 p.m., but all the hotels were full and the gym. There was no information,” said a motorist, Bertille Oudot, came from Nantes. “At the bus station, people were sleeping on the floor. We felt the organization last minute.” With her children and friends, she preferred to go up in station 3:00 am, via taxis that ensured shuttles at night.
“Since virtually Lyon far as plugs. It not moving. We left at 10:00 am, we arrived at 4:00 in the morning here. 10H00-04H00 morning to 200 km, “summed Philip came to holiday Saisies, a videographer from the AFP.
Sunday, the first vacationers hit the road early in the morning. “Finally the holidays,” enthused a Parisian family leaving a shelter from Albertville. Like many motorists, however, she had to deal with conditions still “very difficult”, particularly in Maurienne.
The incompetence of car drivers without equipment, combined with heavy snow and an unexpected episode of freezing rain, contributed to the mess on the roads in this crossover weekend (60,000 vehicles advertised in the day in Savoy, in both directions, nearly 37,000 alone valley Tarentaise).
Alain Vidal pointed “collective behavior problem.” “The vast majority of vehicles are equipped (chains), but those who do not create disruption,” said he said.
On Sunday afternoon, the difficulties seemed to move towards the Pyrenees: the RN320 at the Puymorens tunnel and the RN22 between crusade and Pas de la Casa, were closed to all vehicles due to the snow
CRICRs South. -West announced a possible restriction of heavy vehicle traffic on the A64 within 24 hours, due to the weather.