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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Sochi Blackout Continues, Authorities Warn of Floods

The Black Sea resort of Sochi and surrounding towns and villages in the Krasnodar region remained cut off from electricity for a third day Thursday after major power lines were damaged by heavy snowfalls earlier this week.

The snow stopped Thursday, and local authorities gave a more definite answer about when the city would receive its normal power supply. Two of the three damaged lines were expected to be repaired by Friday, while the third was to resume functioning Saturday, Sochi Mayor Leonid Mostovoi said in a statement.

Sochi has had rain for most of the week, and only a light sprinkling of snow when temperatures dropped Thursday. Heavy snows fell elsewhere in the Krasnodar region.

The power lines that carry electricity to Sochi from the main power plant in Krasnodar snapped early Tuesday near Tuapse, 125 kilometers up the coast.

At Goryachy Klyuch, a settlement about 50 kilometers northeast of Tuapse, 84 centimeters of snow fell from Saturday to Wednesday, or 128 percent of the average monthly precipitation, said a spokeswoman for Gidromettsentr, the national weather service.

The Sochi area Thursday continued to receive only one-fifth of the electricity it needs, from alternative sources, with most of the power being directed to hospitals and other vital services.

In smaller villages, many houses are not equipped with gas stoves, and Mostovoi appealed to those with gas stoves to help their neighbors who have no way to cook.

In the city of Krasnodar, 51 centimeters of snow fell in those five days, according to Gidromettsentr, the national weather service.

The weather has improved in Krasnodar, although if temperatures rise to 9 degrees Celsius on Saturday, as forecast, the region could be flooded, said Igor Yarmizin, a spokesman for the Krasnodar regional administration.