Bavarian towns cut off,evacuated due to floods

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23 August 2005, MUNICH, GERMANY - Surging floodwaters on Alpine rivers blocked railways and autobahns Tuesday and cut off all roads leading into the Bavarian resort of Garmisch-Partenkirchen, neighbourhoods of which were under water.

23 August 2005

MUNICH, GERMANY - Surging floodwaters on Alpine rivers blocked railways and autobahns Tuesday and cut off all roads leading into the Bavarian resort of Garmisch-Partenkirchen, neighbourhoods of which were under water.

An autobahn motorway bridge near Murnau in southern Germany was closed to traffic amid fears that swirling floodwaters might have weakened the bridge supports.

Rail services into and out of Munich were crippled after key lines were closed owing to mudslides and high water.

Authorities said the worst appeared to be over as floodwaters crested Tuesday afternoon in the Bavarian Alps. But they warned of flood-spawned mudslides on steep Alpine slopes as the flood crest headed northward to Munich and the Danube.

A state of disaster was in effect at Garmisch-Partenkirchen, where roads leading into the town were awash. Low-lying neighbourhoods were inundated in the worst flooding there since the historic floods of 1999 that caused hundreds of millions of dollars in damage.

Scores of houses were flooded and low-lying roads were impassable, but flood waters were predicted to begin receding by early Wednesday.

The entire town of Eschenlohe was ordered evacuated as water levels on a surging mountain river rose dramatically early Tuesday but there, too, the waters were to begin receding within 12 hours.

Meanwhile, hundreds of workers piled sandbags and helped with evacuation efforts.

Crews worked to clear a path through a massive mudslide that cut off the town of Balderschwang on the border to Austria.

No flood-related fatalities have been reported in Germany but, in a dramatic rescue, a 19-year-old woman was plucked from her car by a truck driver after the vehicle was washed off a road.

DPA

Subject: German news

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