Parts of Austria are also affected by the flood. A raging river flooded the city center of Hallein. Videos show shocking scenes.
Hallein – The quiet Kotbach turns into a dangerous river. Raging masses of water flood a city in the Salzburger Land. Cars, chairs, tables: everything is dragged along by the raging floods. Videos that are circulating on the Internet show the city of Hallein in Austria. There was massive flooding here on Saturday evening.
Torrential rains caused the streams to rise only a few days after the flood disaster in neighboring Germany. “The situation is very tense, sometimes dramatic,” said a police spokesman, according to various media reports on the spot. So far, however, there has been no evidence of injuries or missing persons. The emergency services were able to evacuate people from their homes with boats and trucks.
Flood in Austria: flood wave hits place in Salzburger Land – further storms expected
However, the flood situation remains tense. The authorities are in the process of securing lower parts of the city on the Bavarian border against renewed flooding, a spokesman said on Sunday. Several dozen residents of a settlement in a district had to evacuate their apartments as a precaution. At the same time, clean-up work is in progress in the old town. “We are assuming a loss of millions,” said the city spokesman.
Flood in Austria: flood wave shoots through Hallein – video shows dramatic rescue from floods
Various shots of the raging mass of water caused a sensation on social media. A video shows a dramatic rescue operation in the middle of the flooded intersection. A passer-by is caught in the water, loses his footing and finally carries his companion with him. Both seem to have no chance until suddenly a courageous helper appears and pulls the two out of the tide.
According to the fire brigade’s current status, the rapid, immense increase in water masses was triggered by a car wedged in the creek.
In other parts of Austria, too, there were torrential rains and floods on Saturday evening, similar to Bavaria. Civil protection alarms were triggered at various locations in the federal states of Salzburg and Tyrol. The capital Vienna also had to deal with floods. In Germany, emergency services in Rhineland-Palatinate and North Rhine-Westphalia are still looking for missing people. (vs)