The first big snowfall of the season in a large region around Lyon, in the southeast of France, caused this Friday important transport problems and provoked Thursday The death of a man.
The deceased, who was 63 years old, I was trying to clear a snowy road with other motorists in the town of Roche when a tree fell on it, said Isère Prefecture, with capital in Grenoble. Another man who was next to him was injured and had to be hospitalized.
This morning 320,000 homes ran out of electricity in a large area between the Rhone Valley and the Alps due to breakdowns in the lines, said Enedis, the company that manages the networks.
Robin Devogelaere, spokesman for Enedis, explained to the station France Info that the company had deployed to 1,000 technicians on an urgent basis to solve these failures, but noted that many had difficulty accessing the lines due to snow and also due to traffic jams on many roads.
Public transport is seriously affected this Friday due to the snow and cold weather, with school transport suspended in departments such as Ardèche, Drôme and Haute Loire, and train lines without any circulation between Grenoble and Lyon or between Saint Étienne and Lyon.
At the Lyon airport, several flights were canceled in the morning and those responsible informed on its website of the difficulties in road access due to weather conditions.
The French meteorological service explained, meanwhile, on its website that they had fallen more than 30 centimeters in the port of Rossatières, more than 40 in Vivarais and 15 in the airport of Lyon.
Météo France maintained an apartment on Friday morning, that of Saône-et-Loire, in Orange alert for snow and ice, in particular in Charolles, Cluny and Autun, where they had already fallen between 4 and 9 centimeters of snow