Storm in Stubaital in Tirol: Searching for the missing priest (60) currently selected

Storm in Stubaital in Tirol on July 22

© picture alliance / dpa / APA | Newspaper photo in / Daniel Label

People were injured in storms in Austria. In Fulpmes in Stupetal near Innsbruck, two people were swept away by a mudslide in their car, then the fire brigade freed them from the car and they were taken to a clinic. The African News Agency (APA) Tirol Control Center confirmed similar media reports.

Update, 7:27 a.m. – Little hope of missing Pastor (60)

People were injured in storms in Austria. In Fulpmes in Stupital near Innsbruck, two people were swept away by a mudslide in their car, then firefighters released them from the car and took them to a clinic. The African News Agency (APA) Tirol Control Center confirmed similar media reports.

Mayor Johan Deutschmann describes the mood in Fulpmes to Tyroler Tageszeitung on Saturday afternoon: “The whole village is in shock.” Not just because of the devastation caused by the storm Friday night. Residents of Stubai are also concerned about their shepherd, whose white Suzuki car swept through a 100-meter-wide mudflow on the B183 motorway in the Midraz region. “Our priest is still missing. There is no hope, perhaps we should expect the worst,” says Deutschmann, especially since the missing car was completely destroyed and several parts tore.

Nearly 200 firefights were recorded Saturday night due to storms, mainly in the Innsbruckland region. Smaller bridges have been demolished, and buildings have also been affected. On Saturday, a search was conducted in Fulpmes for other possible victims because eyewitnesses reported seeing two vehicles in the debris flow area.

Saturday (24 July):

Update, 9:03pm – The search for the missing priest (60) is currently on hold

Full press release:

During the search for the 60-year-old missing priest, only special items (Bible, documents, business cards, etc.) from the Innsbruck Water Rescue Service can be found in the Fulpmes district of the Ruetzbachufer. The search for it is currently pending. The search can only be continued after the water has calmed down.

The relocated community road in the industrial area is expected to be passable on both sides again today. B 183 can be passed in one lane using traffic lights. No significant delays are expected as a result.

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In addition, it became known today at 3:00 pm that yesterday at about 9:30 pm in Mieders, a car crashed into the mounds of rubble in Mühltalbach. According to his statements, the driver managed to escape from the car in time. The car was then overwhelmed at Ruetzbach. A portion of the wreckage of the completely destroyed pickup truck is still emerging from the waters in the Kirchbrook area. The driver was not hurt.

Despite the adverse and dangerous conditions, no one was hurt.

Press release from the Tyrol State Police Directorate

The first report

Format press release:

stupetal – Due to storms in Stubaital with heavy rain and hail, on July 22, from about 9.15 pm, there were several large-scale mudslides, flooding and water damage to apartment buildings and accommodation facilities in the areas of Fulpmes municipality, Neustift. Saint and Rector:

Fulpmes Municipality:

IIn the municipality of Fulpmes, in the Midraz-Industrial District, a large mudflow has fallen, from Stubaitalstraße B 183, at StrKm 8.9 with a length of about 100 m, as well as the municipal road “Industriegelände Zone A “under which they are buried. As a result of this event, at least two vehicles collided and were buried by blocks of water and rocks.

Storm in Stubaital in Tirol on July 22

Storm in Stubaital in Tirol on July 22 © picture alliance / dpa / APA | Newspaper photo in / Daniel Label
Storm in Stubaital in Tirol on July 22
Storm in Stubaital in Tirol on July 22 © picture alliance / dpa / APA | Newspaper photo in / Daniel Label
Storm in Stubaital in Tirol on July 22
Storm in Stubaital in Tirol on July 22 © picture alliance / dpa / APA | Newspaper photo in / Daniel Label
Storm in Stubaital in Tirol on July 22
Storm in Stubaital in Tirol on July 22 © picture alliance / dpa / APA | Newspaper photo in / Daniel Label
Storm in Stubaital in Tirol on July 22
Storm in Stubaital in Tirol on July 22 © picture alliance / dpa / APA | Newspaper photo in / Daniel Label
Storm in Stubaital in Tirol on July 22
Storm in Stubaital in Tirol on July 22 © picture alliance / dpa / APA | Newspaper photo in / Daniel Label
Storm in Stubaital in Tirol on July 22
Storm in Stubaital in Tirol on July 22 © picture alliance / dpa / APA | Newspaper photo in / Daniel Label

The first car and its two occupants were pushed a few meters down the ravine. The passengers, a 26-year-old Slovakian and a 24-year-old Austrian, were rescued with unspecified injuries and taken to the UNI clinic in Innsbruck.

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Part of the second car was found in the river Ruetz and recovered. The 60-year-old Austrian driver who was traveling alone is currently missing.

Whether other vehicles or people were hit by this debris flow is the subject of further investigations and cannot be ruled out. The current search process with the search teams is underway. There are currently no notifications set for departure.

The bridge there was also damaged by the influx of debris. Another bridge was demolished on the site of the industrial zone over Margaretenbach. The alternative route Medraz / Gemeindestraße – Industrial Zone A is completely closed.

Stubaitalstrasse in this area is closed until 2:20 a.m. until the lane is cleared. From this point on, the road is passable from one lane – a traffic light system has been installed.

Neustift i. Street.:

In the municipality of Neustift i. U. There are damages and closures of public roads and tracks due to the initial mentioned events:

Municipal road blocks: Mühlenweg, Oberberg, Bichl, Obergasse

Oberbergtal was deeply affected. There were many large-scale mudslides.

In addition, water leaks or water damage occurred in 20 homes, five of which were residential installations in the Dorf, Campbell and Nieder regions. The water that penetrated was pumped by food in exchange for work.

There were also widespread blackouts in many areas of Neustift i. Street.

Meders municipality area:

In the municipality of Mieders, Stubaitalstraße B 183 was relocated by a debris flow 4.8 to 5 kilometers away and was only partially allowed until about 1 am.

All FFWs in Stubaital and the mountain rescue center “Vorderes Stubaital”, a large contingent of members of the Red Cross, the water rescue service in Innsbruck, the employees of the “Tinetz” and the state geology department, the employees of Matrei am Brenner Road Maintenance Department and local construction companies with excavators in service.

On-site operations management was coordinated by the Crisis Operations Team formed with the District Commander, the responsible local mayors and the District Police Commander along with the blue light organizations.

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The search at 6,166 Fulpmes, along the mudslide path in Medraz and downstream at Ruetz was cut short overnight due to the risk of further mudslides and Ruetz flooding and has continued since the morning hours today. “

Police Summary

Due to the fact that the processes in question were not overlapping events with respect to municipal boundaries, in Neustift i. They formed their own working group at Fulpmes.

As mentioned earlier, the area hardest hit by the storm was in Neustift 1. St. im Oberbergtal. Large portions of the municipal road from the Barnbad part to Oberriss were washed here. Even the Seduck faction was already guaranteed access to emergency services. From Seduck, restoration work on the municipal road takes 1-2 weeks at best. The estimated damage to property in the upper six-digit euro amount occurred only here. Due to the lack of detour options, the Stöcklen and Oberriss fractures are currently not accessible by road.

This results in the following problems:

  • Approximately 30 vehicles owned by visitors to the cottage are currently parked in the Oberriss car park and must remain there until the road is restored.
  • There were about 120 guests at Franz-Senn-Hütte, who could not leave the valley on foot until Seduck. The paths to the adjacent huts and footpath were impassable due to the mudslides. For this reason, 65 people were flown by the crews of the BMI helicopters “Libelle Tirol” and “Libelle Vorarlberg” on July 23, 2022. The remaining people will be evacuated on July 24, 2022. Evacuation, transport and catering flights continued until 3:50 pm.
  • There are many dairy cows in the alpine pastures there. The power lines leading into the valley were demolished, which is why the cows could not be milked. For this reason, the emergency generators had to be transported to the valley by BMI helicopters.

Miscellaneous:

  • There are almost no primary dwellings in the affected area. The care of the people living there and the raising of the animals were ensured.
  • Work is being done on the restoration of the municipality road with the highest priority.
  • No emergency personnel was injured during the operation.
  • Members of the FFW Neustift i. St. and BFI Innsbruck, several police patrols from the area, including an Alpine policeman, mountain rescuers, as mentioned, two BMI helicopters “Libelle Tirol” and “Libelle Vorarlberg”, staff of “Tinetz” and avalanche and torrential control at work .
  • The barriers below remain.

Press release from the Tyrol State Police Directorate

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