Valais in special situation, 230 people evacuated

Valais in special situation, 230 people evacuated
Valais in special situation, 230 people evacuated

Zermatt remained cut off from the world on Friday evening due to the bad weather which hit Valais. The latter caused significant material damage. Some 230 people were evacuated while the canton declared a state of special situation.

In total, 230 people had to be evacuated, mainly in Chippis, near Sierre, the head of the Cantonal Control Body (OCC), Marie-Claude Noth, told Keystone-ATS late Friday afternoon. Heart. And to specify that more than 200 firefighters and 20 civil protection personnel are engaged.

Shortly before, the OCC had raised the alert level, which had moved to the level of alarm and special situation. Several overflows and debris flows took place along lateral watercourses in the region of Zermatt, Val d’Anniviers or Evolène, writes the canton in a press release. More events of this type were still expected on Friday.

In the tributaries of the Rhône, the maximum flood levels were measured on Friday morning, the head of the Valais Natural Hazards Service, Raphaël Mayoraz, told Keystone-ATS. The bad weather caused significant material damage which cannot yet be quantified.

Along the Rhône, the flood was expected to reach its maximum on Friday evening, added Mr. Mayoraz. The risk of flooding is currently very high, but not as critical as during the last major floods in October 2000, when the dikes partially gave way and the Rhône flooded the plain in Lower Valais.

isolated Zermatt

Zermatt remained cut off from the world on Friday evening. Rail traffic between Visp and Zermatt has been interrupted since Friday midday and will be interrupted at least until Saturday morning. The next assessment of the situation will take place on Saturday before the scheduled start of the service at 5:30 a.m., Matterhorn Gotthard Bahn said in a press release.

He added that the replacement bus service between Visp and Täsch was also interrupted in the afternoon due to the closure of the road, affected by a debris flow.

Vispa got out of bed Friday morning. The village’s schools were closed, a municipal employee told Keystone-ATS. According to Walliser Bote, the Zermatt headquarters has been on high alert since Friday morning.

Banks of the Rhône forbidden

In the center of the canton, the situation was considered worrying in Bramois, where the start of the Borgne is “particularly strong”, according to the City of Sion. The firefighters reinforced the dikes and installed a mobile dike, she specifies.

The population will not be able to walk this weekend on the banks of the Rhône and side rivers in Valais and the Chablais Vaudois region due to the risk of flooding. This ban applies until Monday evening.

In addition to avoiding the banks, the OCC recommends that the population not park on bridges, limit their movements – do not drive by car or bicycle on flooded roads – and refrain from filming or photographing events. . The AlertSwiss application includes these recommendations for Valais and Chablais Vaudois.

In Chablais Vaud, the situation is currently “under control”, Olivia Cutruzzolà, spokesperson for the Vaud police, explained to Keystone-ATS mid-afternoon. Access to the Rhône dike is prohibited in the area of ​​St-Triphon and the mouth of the Gryonne, currently under construction.

Alert on Lake Constance

The Rhône is not the only one affected by possible flooding in the coming days. A high danger alert (4) has also been issued for Lake Constance.

The situation is a little less tense, in degree 2, for the Alpine Rhine, Inn, Aar, Reuss, Ticino as well as for the lakes of Brienz, Thun, Quatre Cantons, Walenstadt and Lake Geneva. .

Over a large part of Ticino, thunderstorms threaten with possible marked danger (3). The Nufenen Pass, between Valais and Ticino, was also cut off following a landslide.


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