Heavy rains have now also led to floods and landslides in the Bavarian Alps and in the Salzburg region – at least one person was killed by the storm. July 18, 2021, clock
The stormy rain does not stop: On Saturday evening heavy storms hit parts of Bavaria, Saxon Switzerland and Austria. Extreme rainfall of more than 100 liters per square meter within 24 hours led to heavy flooding. The disaster was declared in the Berchtesgadener Land district in the extreme southeast of Bavaria.
The situation is dramatic, said a spokesman for the integrated control center in Traunstein at night. The water shoots out of the mountains. At the same time the water levels of the river Ache rose. Above all, Berchtesgaden, Bischofswiesen, Schönau am Königssee, Marktschellenberg and Ramsau were affected. There the water overflowed in places and flooded streets. Slopes slipped. Individual houses were cleared.
Pictures showed streets turning into raging streams. People waded knee-deep in the water. The fire brigade is on duty every few hundred meters, reports an eyewitness. Tractors cleared debris.
The head of operations spoke of dramatic scenes on Sunday. There have been up to 500 missions. Houses had to be evacuated because they were threatened with collapse. Human lives were in danger. The situation remains tense because the next rain front has already been announced. On Sunday morning the storm area reached as far as Passau. The water levels also rose in the Bavarian Forest.
Heavy rain also hit large parts of Austria on Sunday night. The fire brigades were in constant use in Salzburg as well as in Tyrol and Vienna. A civil defense alarm was triggered in the city of Hallein, as well as in Mittersill in Pinzgau and in Kufstein in Tyrol.
In the city of Salzburg, flood protection was built along the Salzach River. In Kufstein, people were asked not to leave buildings and to retreat to higher floors. There the water of the tributaries of the Inn already reached the streets. Part of the Felbertauernstrasse was closed due to possible landslides. In Vienna, heavy rain and thunderstorms caused the fire brigades to be very busy.