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Summer has returned to the Austrian ski area after up to 300 people were left stranded when flooding and mudslides swept through the valley.

The floods and landslides hit the Saalbach-Hinterglemm valley on Thursday night, 23rd August, causing disruption which lasted into Monday.

It was followed by unseasonal cold weather across the Austrian and Italian Alps that brought heavy snow to some parts:
Fortunately, the good summer weather has now returned and the resort has taken to social media to thank everyone who helped the clear-up:

With blue sky, sunshine and rising temperatures the Glemmtal returns to everyday life! All lifts are operating and the road is passable to the end of the valley! The attractions in the end of the valley are open. At this point we want to thank all helping hands for the great support!

 Saalbach-HinterglemmSummer is back in Saalbach-Hinterglemm

Videos posted on social media show water and mud gushing through the streets and a river bursting its banks on Thursday night.

Reports say heavy storms south of Salzburg cut off parts of Glemmtal in Pinzgau from the outside world on Friday morning.

The province of Salzburg reports that between 200 and 300 people were stuck in the valley first thing.

"These people will be evacuated on Friday if necessary," said Monika Vogl from the district.

She said if it was not possible to bring them out by road, the armed forces would be drafted in.

Limited access to the cut-off areas was later restored.

Basements have been flooded and the drinking water supply is said to have been partly interrupted to Hinterglemm.

There were no reports of any injuries.

Flooding in SaalbachFlooding in Saalbach

The local fire service commander, Franz Fritzenwanger, said heavy rain on Thursday evening led to the flooding.

The storm hit at about 7pm.

Three communities  - Saalbach-Hinterglemm, Maishofen and Viehhofen -  were the subject of a "civil defence warning", which means the population is in great danger.

Limited road access was restored to Hinterglemm with traffic allowed out for one 30 minute period in the afternoon and in for 30 minutes in the evening. 

A similar arrangement was in place on Saturday.

Further landslides overnight on Saturday caused more problems on Sunday but by Monday morning, transport had begun to return to normal and by the end of the day, most of the summer attractions were open.

The website posted this update on Monday:


The road (Glemmtaler Landesstraße) to Lengau / Talschluss is passable.

The following attractions are open:

- Schönleitenbahn
- Milka-Line on the Kohlmais (reachable via the Schönleitenbahn)
- Zwölferkogel and the Z-Line
- Schattberg X-Press
- X-Line
- Hacklberg Trail part 1 & 2
- Reiterkogelbahn inc. the Herbal Path
- Pro Line am Reiterkogel ( via a diversion )
- Hochalmtrail
- Berg & Expedition Kodok
- Zwölferkogelbahn inc. Montelino's Mountain Top Playground, Homeland Path and Slackline Parcours
- Minigolf and Tennis Courts in Saalbach
- Family Park in Hinterglemm with Mini Golf Course
- Märchenwald (Fairytale Forest)
- Tennis Hall Hinterglemm
- Motorik Path
- Attractions in the end of the valley (treetop path, high rope park, Jump & Slide park)

Current Closures:
- Blue Line

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