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Storms in Europe - Heavy floods sweep the city of Hallen in Austria - News

Storms in Europe – Heavy floods sweep the city of Hallen in Austria – News

  • While the tense situation in Switzerland and Germany has eased somewhat, parts of Austria are threatened by severe flooding.
  • The city of Hallen, near Salzburg, was inundated on Saturday evening. Drain the water in the late evening. There were no injuries or deaths.
  • Meanwhile, authorities are securing the lower parts of the city against further flooding.

After heavy rain, parts of downtown Hallen near Salzburg in Austria were flooded. Police confirmed on Saturday that the stream had developed into a raging stream, and the videos were first seen online.

“The situation is very tense and dramatic at times,” a police spokesman said. The videos show how cars are carried away by water blocks. Residents have already been called to be vigilant and not to go into the cellars.

No injuries or deaths

According to the fire brigade, there were no reports of missing, injured or even dead people. The state fire brigade commander said people who were confined to their homes were rescued by boats or trucks.

The situation in Hallen is tense on Sunday as well. A spokesman said authorities were in the process of securing the lower parts of the city from renewed flooding. Dozens of residents of a settlement in part of the city had to vacate their apartments as a precaution.

Cleaning work is now underway in the old town. “We assume a loss of millions,” the city’s spokesman said. Some buildings and parts of the infrastructure were severely damaged.

The situation is also tense in other parts of the Austrian Alps. Firefighters had to pump several cellars around Kitzbühel. In Kufstein, people are told not to leave the buildings and retreat to the upper floors. In urban areas, water from the lodge’s already flowing sewers has reached the streets.

In Vienna, heavy rain and thunderstorms caused fire brigades to be very busy. Firefighters were usually called due to flooded basements or tunnels, and by Sunday morning, professional firefighters had reported more than 500 operations.