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French Alps remain on high avalanche alert

French Alps remain on high avalanche alert
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France is gradually returning to normal after the havoc wreaked by Storm Eleonor although the French Alps are on maximum avalanche alert following heavy snowfalls.

At least three people have died and two more reported missing since Wednesday. These include a man found dead under a snow drift and a fireman who was swept away in torrential waters during a rescue operation.

A search is also underway for two men feared drowned in the Saône-et-Loire and Haute Marne regions.

Altogether 20 departements remain on high alert due mainly to snowfalls, heavy rain and flooding in the east, north and south east of the country.

As well as France, Belgium, The Netherlands, Switzerland, Germany, Ireland and Great Britian were also affected by Storm Eleanor's high winds and heavy rains.