The landslide which took place during the night from Sunday to Monday impacted the entire Tinée valley: teachers and students at the Saint-Etienne-de-Tinée college, as well as holiday skiers from the two Alpes-Maritimes resorts. . The Department has just announced the reopening “in the middle of the afternoon” of the road on a single lane.
Article update at 2 p.m.:
The Alpes-Maritimes department has just announced the “reopening under alternating traffic lights“of the RM2205”in the middle of the afternoon“, “after emergency work carried out this morning“.”A geotechnical engineer will intervene tomorrow [mardi, NDLR] morning in order to specify the duration that the necessary reinforcement work will take.“
Flakes fell continuously on Saturday and gave fresh skiable snow throughout Sunday, the weather forecast looked ideal for those starting their vacation on the Côte d’Azur (zone C: Paris, Montpellier, Toulouse).
But if you want to enjoy the slopes of Auron and Isola 2000 (Alpes-Maritimes), you will have to wait a little before arriving at your destination. “Due to a landslide, the RM2205 is cut in both directions of traffic, 3 km south of Isola village“, specifies the Alpes-Maritimes department following a landslide that occurred at 3 a.m., “For an undetermined time“.
No deviation is possible. The teams are in permanent contact with the villages concerned (Isola, Saint-Etienne-de-Tinée, Saint-Dalmas-le-Selvage) and are mobilized to reopen the road as soon as possible.Department of Alpes-Maritimes
It is “a section of hill of more than 100 m³” which fell on the mainland road, indicates the Métropole Nice Côte d’Azur. On site, a team from France 3 Côte d’Azur noted that it was mainly falling trees and earth.
There should be no need for a major cliff purge.
Christian Estrosi, the president of the Nice Côte d’Azur Metropolis, indicates that “a geologist is on site and must make a diagnosis.”
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No deviation is possible. The teams are in permanent contact with the villages concerned (Isola, Saint-Etienne-de-Tinée, Saint-Dalmas-le-Selvage) and are mobilized to reopen the road as soon as possible.
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Identical consequence for the students of the Jean Franco college in Saint-Etienne-de-Tinée. “There is no transport, no internal student can go to the college“, specifies Pascale Mattiuzzi, the principal. For the establishment, this represents 130 internal middle school students (out of the 200 students) and “half of the teaching staff“.
“My son goes to Saint-Etienne college so turn around while waiting for the rest“, writing Christelle, a mother looking for information on the social networks of the Auron station.
As for the resorts, the slopes attracted skiers, particularly this Sunday, thanks to the more than 50 cm of fresh snow that fell above 2,000 meters above sea level in the Southern Alps. “On Sunday, we had a record attendance with nearly 7,000 customers in the ski area.“, rejoices Virginie Tumorticchi, director of the Isola 2000 tourist office.
“It was a big weekend of attendance“, also confirms Pascal Lequenne, the director of the Auron tourist office.
In Auron, this Parisian vacation week represents “around 60% occupancy“, continues Pascal Duquenne.