Public utilities, services grappling with severe snowstorm fallout

he major snowfall on Monday night covered the country in snow even downtown Athens that had not seen such weather for over a decade.

Along with disruptions in public transportation and the national roadwork, the snowstorm brought problems in power and water supply and in general services.

Power interruptions

Attica and Evia were grappling with the aftermath of an overnight snowstorm on Tuesday, with interruptions in power supply due to trees crashing under the weight of snow.

According to Hellenic Electricity Distribution Network Operator (DEDDIE), there were power supply issues in the following areas of Attica: Agios Steafanos, Krioneri, Nea Erithrea, Metamorfosi, Neo Irakleio, Nea Ionia, Filadelfia, Ekali, Marousi, Anoixi, Dionysos, Drosia, Kapandriti, Menidi, Parnitha, Avlonas Malakasa, Kalamos, Markopoulo Oropou, Rodopoli, Stamata, Vasilika Slaminas and Skaramagas.

In Evia, it has been working with partner contractors from nearby areas, in order to reconnect electricity supply for several villages from the central network to the northern network, namely in Chalkidiki towards Agios Ioannis Rossos and the mountain villages of Istiaia, since there is severe damage to the network and a great number of broken poles.

EYDAP using generators

Athens Water Supply & Sewerage Company (EYDAP) said on Tuesday it would use its own power generators to operate water pumping stations put out of commission by the extreme snowfall in the Attica basin

These areas include the suburbs of Psychiko, Glyka Nera, Doukissis Plakentias at Penteli, Agia Paraskevi, and Anixi, EYDAP CEO Harris Sachinis told Athens-Macedonian News Agency. A problem at an EYDAP station in Petroupoli has been resolved, while cranes will be used to remove fallen trees blocking the pumping station of Anixi, he added.

Courts suspend operations

Justice Minister Konstantinos Tsiaras’ decision to suspend the operation of all courts and public prosecutors’ offices in Attica on Tuesday has been extended to include Wednesday, it was announced on Tuesday evening.

The decision exempts in flagrante delicto arrests, or misdemeanors or other emergency cases, added the ministry.

Emergency calls

The Fire Brigade received 1,490 calls for help in the Attica Region as of Monday to Tuesday afternoon, due to the snowstorm that hit Greece starting Monday night, it said.

Overall, it received 1,850 calls nationally.

Most calls related to fallen trees and removals of objects (1,118), while several related to transferring of people to a safe area (123), to hospitals (for dialysis), and to hospitals and health centers for vaccinations and such (25).