Disaster alert in Bad Tölz: Walls of snow
Several communities in Bavaria have called disaster alarm because of the snow masses. How do the inhabitants experience it?
The old man is visibly relieved. For over an hour he had been waiting in the cold at a stop near Dietramszell. So now he finally sits in the bus to nearby Bad Tölz. The vehicle meanders through snowy roads and forests. On the side of the road are walls of snow, some of them higher than the car that has been left on the track.
Again and again, the bus only progresses at a walking pace. For although a clearing vehicle has just tried to clear the road, it is hardly passable in places. "I had already given up hope to come to Tölz," says the old man. Shivering, he plucks his scuffed black coat. He could not remember such a violent onset of winter, he says.
After all, the forest now looks especially nice. Looking out the window, he adds, "But the idyll is deceptive." Sometimes deadly: A ski tourer had been slain on Sunday Blomberg in the district of Bad Tölz-Wolfratshausen by falling branches of a tree. And a nine-year-old boy was killed by a falling tree in Aying in the Munich district.
... they do not come home anymore
The pensioner says he would not have liked to leave the house this Thursday. But he had to run errands. When he arrives in Bad Tölz, it is too late. There, the driver tells him that the bus traffic back to his hometown is set once - too much snow. How the old man comes back to Dietrammszell is unclear.
Previously, numerous bus connections in the district of Bad Tölz-Wolfratshausen had already collapsed, the train routes in the region are partly sunk in the snow and long since closed. In much of southern Upper Bavaria it looks similar. Bended trees and the snow load on tracks and overhead lines cause massive train cancellations. On many roads it is only at a snail's pace. No wonder: Alone from Wednesday evening to Thursday evening have fallen in the Bavarian Alpine region spread 50 centimeters of fresh snow.
On Thursday evening the district office bath Tölz calls as the fourth Bavarian district because of the snow chaos the catastrophe alarm - Garmisch-Partenkirchen follows on Friday. In the area Miesbach and in Berchtesgaden even soldiers are in action to tame the snow. Bavaria's Prime Minister Markus Söder wants to come on Saturday with a delegation in the district to "get a picture of the situation."
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In addition to the access roads, the authorities in the area of Bad Tölz are particularly concerned about the snow load on the roofs - and not only there: The people of Upper Bavaria still have a terrible memory of the Bad Reichenhall disaster in 2006. When an ice rink collapsed there, 15 died People.
In the district of Traunstein in Inzell, the roof of a warehouse collapsed during the night from Thursday to Friday. The fire brigade is therefore busy all over the foothills of the Alps eagerly freeing roofs of snow, such as at schools or train stations. The authorities are calling on the homeowners to clear their roofs - because a lot of snow is expected at the weekend as well.
Some people in the region even have existential concerns because of the snow masses. There is Martin Kostac, for example. The 52-year-old homeless man sits on a station bench in Bad Tölz, next to him is a bag of returnable bottles. He wears rubber boots, his clothes are soaked in snow. Because of health problems it was with him "sometime gone downhill". Now he especially noticed that he was not wanted as a homeless person. There are almost no facilities in the region where he can spend the night. He somehow survived the first hours of the night, also by moving a lot. "Then I'll sleep in a bank or public library."
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Several hundred people in the Free State were recently cut off from the outside world because of the winter chaos. The last roads to the settlement Buchenhöhe in Berchtesgaden were snowed, also the places Vorderbrand and Ettenberg are not accessible due to closed access roads. The Jachenau and parts of Lenggries are largely cut off from the outside world due to a non-accessible access road. "Two districts with a good 45 inhabitants are affected, but the people have enough food in one district is about a farm that still bakes," says Lenggries Mayor Werner Weindl.
Stand in telephone contact with the people. "And in case of emergency, fire and ambulance can drive to the people." The inhabitants were de facto stuck only because the risk of trees falling onto the street was simply too high. In the course of Friday, the district office wants to try with helicopters to free the trees there from the snow.
Multiple vehicles drive past the town hall. The mayor is standing on this Thursday afternoon in front of some huge piled snowdrifts and says: "This is the most intense winter since 2006. At that time it was really violent" The CSU politician must know. After all, he has been leading the fortunes of his community for over two decades. Nevertheless, many people remained left in the place. Most roads are passable. "Everything will be a little quieter."
Snow masses and AC / DC
People like Klaus Lindner ensure that this stays that way. Cleverly steered the 32-year-old his clearing vehicle through the Lenggrieser roads. He sometimes works 16 hours a day this week. That this is no exaggeration, betrayed his deep dark circles. He does not come shaving at the moment, says the bearded man. He has so little time that at home with the Lindners his wife has to clear the snow.
Lindner accelerates. The snow splashes to the side. Sometimes he drives to the edge and unloads huge quantities. "He is already 2.50 meters high," he says. From the boxes roars AC / DC. Driver and passenger are shaken well. "These are the ice plates and you get used to them." And he adds: "I enjoy making room."
Sometimes it is not easy to find free places for snowblowing. Therefore, not all residents are pleased to see him and his orange vehicle. "Some say we are deliberately clearing the snow from the driveway." Motorists are often even happier when he clears the way for them. Conversely, it is not always so. "There you do not need to honk", scolds Lindner when he does not seem to make room for another driver from his point of view.
Incidentally, Lindner does not feel like a hero in the fight against the snow masses. "I'm just doing my job," he says.