Status: 07.12.2023, 15:09 PM
By: Dominik Stallein
Breaking news: Properties in Geretsried and Wolfratshausen are under water. The canal between Isar and Loisach may be leaking. © Sabine Hermsdorf-Hiss
There are floods in Wolfratshausen and Geretsried: masses of water have flooded the recycling center and a nursery directly on the canal. A crisis team is meeting.
Wolfratshausen/Geretsried - The nursery right next to the Loisach-Isar Canal has been under water since Thursday morning. The recycling center is closed - for the same reason. Here some heavy machinery was hastily saved. A view from a safe distance shows that the water is well over half a metre high. The newly rehabilitated sewer may be leaking in one section. According to initial tests, the water penetrates through the embankment. Parts of the walk along the water are cordoned off. A crisis team of the fire brigades from Wolfratshausen, Weidach and Geretsried, the police, both mayors and experts from Uniper and the water management office is examining a number of further measures.
Flooding in Geretsried and Wolfratshausen: There are problems on the Loisach-Isar Canal
At noon, there was a first crisis meeting at the fire station at Hatzplatz in Wolfratshausen - with Mayor Klaus Heilinglechner, among others. Shortly after 13 p.m., Geretsried's mayor Michael Müller visited Gelting to get an idea of the situation. He sees the water flooding into the greenhouses and sloshing over machines. "I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone involved," he says. "Everyone has to weigh up the decision of what to do now very carefully. It's difficult, no question about it." For the mayor, one thing is clear: "Danger prevention must always be in the foreground."
Properties under water - Fire brigade has to close paths: Floods in Wolfratshausen and Geretsried
At 13.50 p.m., the experts from the water management office arrive again at the fire station. You have previously got an idea of the situation on the canal. The meeting of the crisis team takes place behind closed doors. In the meantime, police officers and civil protection have arrived. At 14.30 p.m. there is movement at the Hatzplatz. The first emergency vehicles leave the yard, meeting participants make phone calls in front of the fire station. Michael Müller and Wolfratshausen's town hall boss Klaus Heilinglechner make the first official announcement. "There was a water intrusion," says Müller. The embankment on the canal side broke in some places. "The dam is getting soaked," says Müller, and the nursery's property behind it is under water. "We don't yet know for sure the reasons," the mayors are keen to emphasize. One thing is clear: the canal has been extensively renovated this year.
The mayors are not yet able to announce concrete measures. "The risk assessment by the experts from the water management office and Uniper is currently underway," say the heads of the town hall. In "one to two hours", a decision will be made on the basis of this expert opinion on how to proceed. (This article will be updated)