Austria Ice Storm … So Bad That Authorities Use Tanks To Move Supplies

Austria ice storm – So bad that authorities use tanks to move supplies (Ice Age Now, Dec 9, 2014):

Entire towns cut off by thousands of fallen trees and ice-covered roads – More than 60 major roads are closed

4 Dec 2014 – Conditions worsened in the on-going ice storm in Lower Austria and Burgenland on Thursday.

Large areas of the eastern part of Austria have been brought to a standstill, with fire services calling in the military after finding ice-covered roads impassable in emergency vehicles.

Roads, trees and houses are covered in at least a centimeter of solid ice, leaving thousands of homes cut off and without power.

The weight of ice is such that trees with trunks at least a meter (3 ft) thick are unable to support themselves.

Residents have been warned to stay indoors due to the danger from falling trees and branches.

Evacuations continue in the Hohe Wand, some 45km south of Vienna, where residents in stone houses who previously were planning to ride out the storm have been ordered to leave their homes as the safety situation has deteriorated drastically.

Wolfgang Bierbauer of the mountain rescue service told Radio Lower Austria “It’s too dangerous now in the houses, and on top of that, no one can get through to the houses any more.”

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