The avalanche danger was again strong (level 4 out of 5) on Sunday in Valais, central Switzerland and northern Graubünden. In the rest of the Alpine arc, the risk was marked, according to the Federal Institute for Forest, Snow and Landscape Research (SLF).
Snowflows, but also floods continued to disrupt road and rail traffic. The suspended piggyback was able to resume at midday on Sunday at the Lötschberg. On the other hand, piggybacking was able to resume on Sunday morning on the Furka line between Oberwald (VS) and Realp (UR). The disruption of the railway line between Visp (VS) and Täsch (VS) has also been lifted.
Further on, the line remained closed at least until noon between Andermatt (UR) and Dieni (UR). Car loading between Andermatt and Sedrun (GR) should be able to resume on Monday, Matterhorn Gotthard Bahn said.
In the Bernese Oberland, rail traffic was still interrupted between Brienz (BE) and Interlaken (BE), due to an avalanche on Thursday. Replacement buses are running. Zentralbahn was due to carry out a new assessment of the situation on Sunday, a spokesperson told Keystone-ATS.
New landslide in Rarogne
In Rarogne (VS), the situation remained tense on Sunday. A new small landslide occurred overnight, said the town. On Friday and Saturday, rocks had already collapsed upstream from the Rarogne-Niedergesteln quarry.
Seventy-six people were evacuated on Friday. They could return to their homes on Sunday, under the protection of firefighters, to retrieve important equipment. However, the area remains blocked.
In Basel, the Rhine continues to fall. The level of the river has dropped below the high water mark IIb, located at 7.9 meters, the Rhine Ports company said in a statement. Navigation restrictions have been completely lifted for large and small boats, the company says.
In the canton of Zurich, Lake Greifen has overflowed in places after persistent rain in recent days, the Uster municipal police announced on Twitter. Sections of path are closed. The authorities call on the population to be careful.