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Garmisch-Partenkirchen: district cut off from the outside world for days - "I've never experienced anything like it"


Twice in a row, for a total of six days, the Garmisch-Partenkirchen district of Griesen with its 70 inhabitants was cut off from the outside world.

Twice in a row, for a total of six days, the Garmisch-Partenkirchen district of Griesen with its 70 inhabitants was cut off from the outside world.


- the doctor's appointment Tuesday morning?


Purchasing also has to wait.

For how long?

“We don't know.” Wolfgang Hagen is frustrated.


wrote to our newspaper on

behalf of his

fellow citizens from Griesen


The district was there for days because of the massive

fresh snow

cut off from the outside world.

First Thursday to Friday, January 14th to 15th.

Then again from Sunday to Wednesday.

In the end, the 70 residents only had a short time on Saturday

to do their

shopping in





To stock up for possible further days in



Masses of snow in Garmisch-Partenkirchen: Police cordon off the border to Austria

Because of the protective measures against


, the people of Griesen are currently not allowed

to drive

across the border to



When the citizens

ran out of

petrol for the

snow blowers

, a resident tried to get to the petrol station on the Tyrolean side six kilometers away.

No chance.



sent him back at the border.

But they couldn't go inland either: branches and trees fell


federal highway 23

due to the

masses of snow


A precarious situation.

“I've never experienced anything like this before,” says local resident Anette Kraus.

She has lived in the secluded district for 20 years.

“We're already used to a lot.” But the fact that it is tight for six days in quick succession was new to her too.

Even the


had to be turned off for an hour.

Since the sidewalks are not cleared, even


the dog was a challenge.

Masses of snow in Garmisch-Partenkirchen: B23 became a life-threatening route

The residents of Griesen know, of course,

that the

Weilheim road construction authority,

which is responsible for the route,

cannot help with the weather.

"Due to the weather, it was a very unfavorable constellation," explains Michael Meister, press spokesman for the authority.

Up to

80 centimeters of fresh snow fell

from the sky

within a very short time


Then it got warmer, which made the snow more difficult.

Trees and branches broke.



became a life-threatening route.

“You can't prepare for it directly,” says Meister.

The office does its best every year to be prepared anyway.

Every summer they sift the edge of the route together with the

state forests


Cut down old, weak trees.

Thoroughly cut down

to prevent

dangerous situations

in winter


But Meister makes it clear: “We still cannot scan every tree individually.

If everything comes at once in terms of weather, as in the past few days, it will always be necessary to close the


. "

Masses of snow in Garmisch-Partenkirchen: The citizens are struck by the lack of communication

Hagen can even somehow understand that.

But what strikes him is the lack of



“We are

cut off

from the

outside world

without being informed of it by anyone.” And “Nobody feels responsible for informing us about it”.


road construction


wants to

improve this.

“We will work out a solution internally as to how we can best come

into contact

with the people from


in the


,” says Meister.

That would theoretically be possible via email or notice.

For this purpose, the office would like to get in closer contact with the

market town of Garmisch-Partenkirchen


No matter what the solution ultimately looks like, things should get better next winter.

The tense snow situation also caused major problems for the fire brigade.

They had to dig hydrants free.

Source: merkur

All news articles on 2021-01-21

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