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Flooding in Austria--getting nervous

I will fly to Salzburg in early Sep and spend about 1.5 weeks in the Austrian Alps, mainly in eastern parts of Tirol and the western parts of Salzburgerland. I feel sorry that the flood has affected so many people. At the same time, I am just wondering if I should change my destinations, as I see on Google Maps that there is flooding along the main roads and valleys southeast of Salzburg city. There is very little information available. Also, the farm B&B that I emailed to has not replied for 2 days, though their rooms are still available per booking.com. I choose not to book with booking.com because the booking is 100% non-refundable. I hope they are not affected by the rain. This B&B is located on the hills and hopefully is not in the flood zone.

Posted by
4841 posts

I hope your trip can happen as planned, and that your B&B is in safe condition. Although they haven’t yet replied to your e-mail, do they have a Website, and does it contain any updated information? That might or might not provide any better picture of the situation there.

Posted by
759 posts

I suspect they may be a wee bit busy; even if not in the flood zone they may be close enough to have had infrastructure issues (internet lines, power lines, safety evacuation, etc). It may be a very long time before you receive any type of email response.

Posted by
726 posts

I leave for Kitzbühel this Sunday for four overnights. I will avoid Kufstein on the drive south. Was considering a second hotel in the Gerlos/Zillertal area, but some of the heaviest flooding was along the Salzach River near Mittersill and parts of the B165 are currently closed. 34 people were flown down from The Kürsinger Hütte after the Hüttentaxi route was washed out. If you have not seen it, over in Bavaria, Germany the Königsee bobsleigh and toboggan run was destroyed by heavy rains. Hopefully by September the rains have subsided and cleanup/recovery are well along the way, as I have reservations in the region then too. I feel for all the people affected.

Posted by
496 posts

Thank you for the replies thus far.

Mchpp: I wish you a wonderful trip.

Posted by
1358 posts

Comparing to Germany the recent floods in Austria were minor. Nevertheless the damages will reach a nine-digit figure, but I am convinced that in two months everything will be back to normal.

Posted by
1730 posts

it's interesting that the news is focusing on Germany and not Austria, I suspected they had problems too. And then there is everyone downriver ...

Posted by
4286 posts

The flooding is a non-issue for a tourist to Austria. Old news now.

Posted by
496 posts

Thank you, everybody. I feel somewhat better as the road conditions seem to have improved, at least according to Google Maps.