In Tende, road access is impractical.


M. Bernouin / ANP / 20 Minutes

  • In Tende, 30 tons of household waste are waiting to be evacuated by helicopter.

  • Elsewhere in the upper Roya valley, this waste will leave by rail.

Nineteen days after the disaster caused by storm Alex in the Alpes-Maritimes, the badly damaged Roya valley is faced with a new puzzle: that of waste.

In the villages at the top of the valley, garbage cans have been piling up for almost three weeks.

"Household waste is piling up in a meadow, no one to pick it up, a pestilential smell, the residents can no longer take it" testifies in


Jean-Pierre Vassalo, the mayor of Tende.

In the most isolated town of Roya, where one can still only access by air or via a track, 30 tonnes of household waste are stored on two sites, specifies this Wednesday the urban community of the French Riviera (Carf), in particular in charge of garbage collection.

Helicopter hoisting of bins Friday

Garbage cans, assures Carf, which "are being loaded" into big bags.

These huge bags, which can contain a volume of more than one cubic meter, should then be evacuated by air, the only solution currently possible.

Their helicopter hoisting is due to start on Friday.

In Fontan and La Brigue, household waste is transported by draisine, a light train used by the SNCF to supply the Roya.

Here again, after being packaged in big bags, these bins will be taken to Breil-sur-Roya for disposal.

Carf finally specifies that "infectious waste from the nursing homes of Saorge and La Brigue is sent to the hospital of Breil-sur-Roya for treatment", and that "an evacuation route for damaged vehicles has also been put in place. square.



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