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Rain, wind and snow leave 10,000 homes without electricity
OVER 10,000 homes in the region of Aragón were left without electricity last night, and 2,000 of these still have no power.
Wind, rain and snow led to supply cuts overnight, mainly in the province of Teruel where 9,644 homes were left in the dark.
In the Navarra region, to the north-east, the motorway was shut after a high-voltage pylon was blown down onto it, which cut off the electricity in the towns of Lekunberri, Larraun and Arakil.
So far it has taken far longer than anticipated to get residents in Teruel and Navarra reconnected, since the thick snow was not expected to fall at such low altitudes and left authorities and Civil Protection volunteers unprepared.
Snow-ploughs had to be brought in to clear the road before engineers from the electricity board, Endesa, could reach the site of the breakdown.
In the meantime, generators have been installed to ensure most of those affected have at least a basic supply for cooking and heating.
Main highways and B-roads across the province of Teruel – popular with skiers at this time of year – were shut off, including those in Alfambra, Calamocha, Camarena de la Sierra, Cedrillas, Mosqueruela, Noguera, Ejulve, Montalbán, Linares de Mora, Cañizar del Olivar and Teruel city itself.
Elsewhere in the region, the A-1504 in Miedes de Aragón (Zaragoza province) and the A-136 in Broto (Huesca province) were closed.
A total of 36 roads in Aragón still need snow chains, including the inter-provincial highways, the N-211 in Caminreal and the N-420 in Perales de Alframbra and Utrillas, and most of the B-roads in the province of Huesca.
The northern part of the Ebro river is expected to rise and possibly even burst its banks in the next day or two as the snow finally melts.
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