ATHENS — Nearly 38,000 households and businesses have had their power restored as of Wednesday afternoon because of the snowstorm, the power distribution network operator DEDDIE said on Wednesday.
DEDDIE said that a total of 70,000 households and businesses were still out of power mostly in North Attica suburbs, and restoration was assisted by local government and the army. Works included clearing roads and removing trees that fell under the weight of snow.
The areas still being worked on, where 16 medium-voltage power lines are being restored include the following: Dionyssos, Agios Stefanos, Maroussi, Nea Ionia, Neo Psychiko, Paleo Psychiko, Filothei, Papagou, Petroupoli, Kefalari, Politia, Pefki, Vrilissia, Glyka Nera, Kato Kifissia, Ekali and Nea Erythrea.
In addition, power is gradually being restored in 8 villages of central Evia island, and will be in full operation by Wednesday night, DEDDIE said. Yesterday telecommunications were restored in basic central lines and the main municipal network in central Evia, while roads were still being cleared in mountain settlements.
Two people have lost their lives on the island as a result of the snowstorm that hit Greece on Monday night and brought freezing temperatures and communication problems from Tuesday morning.
Meanwhile, metro trains resumed normal operation on Wednesday from Doukissis Plakentias to Athens International Airport, after stopping on Tuesday morning due to snowfall over the Athens basin.
In addition, the Infrastructure & Transport Ministry called on large construction companies to help out with personnel and heavy machinery in removing trees felled by the snowstorm and other related work that disrupted the electricity supply, on Wednesday.
Following a heavy snowstorm on Monday night and freezing conditions on Tuesday, public utilities continued to remove trees collapsed under the weight of snow and restore power stations throughout Greece.