Threatening Mudslide in South Tyrol: Residential Buildings in Danger

Written by Camilla Jessen

Jul.09 - 2024 11:43 AM CET

Spectacular rockfall in the Dolomites.

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A massive rockslide occurred in the South Tyrolean Dolomites over the weekend, threatening several residential houses.

According to the Frankfurter Rundschau, huge boulders fell into the Côr Gorge, through which the Côr stream flows.

Local residents filmed the impressive event, which also swept away fully grown spruce trees. You can watch the video here.

Fortunately, no one was injured.

The St. Martin in Thurn volunteer fire department reported that two residential buildings near the stream outlet are threatened by water possibly overflowing their banks.

The rock masses could form a natural dam that could cause a flood if it breaks. To reduce this risk, concrete Lego bricks were used to secure the area, and an excavator and sandbags were put on standby.

The surrounding fire departments were immediately alerted and have been monitoring the area ever since.

On Sunday, a drone flew over the mudslide because the risk of further rockfalls was too great to send people into the gorge.

Those responsible for torrent control and the state geologists are monitoring the situation.

At the end of June, the municipality of St. Martin in Thurn was hit by a violent mudslide following storms.

Another reconnaissance flight was planned for Monday to keep an eye on the situation.