The city declared a disaster, the corona rules are restricted.
After the breakdown of a line from the Winzerla power plant, around 6,500 households in Jena, Thuringia, are without district heating and hot water in the freezing winter. So far, it has not yet been possible to foresee when the supply could be resumed, the municipal utilities announced on Wednesday. Mayor Thomas Nitzsche (FDP) declared the disaster in the evening. According to the Thuringian city, the corona contact restrictions do not apply to those affected by the cold – they can be accepted by relatives, friends or acquaintances.
The municipal utilities were initially unable to provide information on the cause of the damage. People in affected areas were “urged to keep windows and doors closed and to take precautions to keep the heat in their homes for as long as possible”.
The municipal utilities worked “with all available forces on troubleshooting”.
Corona rules for those affected initially lifted
According to the city, the corona-related contact restrictions have been lifted for those affected. It is therefore “permissible if members of a household take in all members of a household threatened by the cold”. However, “the usual hygiene rules should be adhered to”.
The city of Jena and the municipal utilities set up a joint crisis team. According to the information, this is currently working on the provision of emergency accommodation and on the procurement of replacement supply systems, for example to temporarily supply social facilities and nursing homes in the area.
The public utilities said that the difficult search for the damaged area was in progress. In the morning, a cloud of hot steam had escaped from the underground district heating main. Only when the damaged area could be located and opened, it was said that repairs could begin.