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Flooding problems in Switzerland?

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Flooding problems in Switzerland?

We are planning to be in the area of Luzern, Interlaken & Bern near the end of June, and were wondering if the flooding in Germany & Austria is having an effect in these areas of Switzerland.

Thanks for any guidance you may have to offer!

Thanks!

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1. Re: Flooding problems in Switzerland?

we were lucky so far. High waters during weekend, but no important damage. Everything under control.

End of June should be fine. (without new rainfalls)

Edited: 03 June 2013, 18:07
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2. Re: Flooding problems in Switzerland?

Thanks for your quick reply, MAETZLI !

We will keep fingers crossed that there will be no additional problems in the area, and look forward to our visit. Thanks!

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3. Re: Flooding problems in Switzerland?

Pour cruise cancelled due to floods. Is Switzerland flood free? We have 2 weeks to fill in

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4. Re: Flooding problems in Switzerland?

I think we are OK. My golf course suffered, but is not unplayable. The Rhine was very high - some people had their basements flooded in Basel. Others were flooded in St Gallen. But for the moment, we seem to be OK.

Forecast is for some rain next week. Hopefully not lots of it! The amazing thing is that the lower parts of Bern did not flood, and they usually do...

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5. Re: Flooding problems in Switzerland?

There were some landslide that interrupted roads or railroads, most is cleard already rest should be finished by the end of the week. Shynige Platte had to stop because of avalanche risk! (and that is supposed to be the start of summer), but that is proably not for long.

<The amazing thing is that the lower parts of Bern did not flood, and they usually do...> That was not luck or so. After the flood in 2005 a lot of monney was used to protect this and other areas. After the weekend it's now clear that the monney was good investment

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6. Re: Flooding problems in Switzerland?

Family is heading to Basel on Thursday for medical treatment. Wanted to know if Basel has been hit with the flood? They plan to fly into Zurich and take the train down to Basel. Any advise would be greatly appreciated.

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7. Re: Flooding problems in Switzerland?

not at all.

the Rhein is already down and the police tapes have been removed from teh steps leading to the water. No more water coming, so everything is fine.

Unfortunately it is still too high for ships that have to go under bridges.

Any other help you might need just ask.

Edited: 05 June 2013, 02:20
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8. Re: Flooding problems in Switzerland?

Just clarifying, so both Zurich and Basel are both fine??? Thanks for initial reply.

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9. Re: Flooding problems in Switzerland?

Yep!

It was touch and go here in Basel for a day or two, but everything is fine now. Even the sun is shining!

Edited: 05 June 2013, 02:51
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10. Re: Flooding problems in Switzerland?

Here in Zurich as well. The river is high but there is still about 1.5m of bank before it will even be threatening = No Worries!

Last week in the middle of the worst of the rainfall, we were driving to a hotel on the north side of Lake Thun and got turned away about 3km from the hotel due to a landslide. We were told that we had to drive all the way around the lake and approach from the other side. (arggg!) We did this, it took about 45 min, and by the time we arrived at the hotel the first cars from our original direction were getting through. (double arrgh!)... All the same... this is just a little testament to how quick and efficient the roadworks and transportation services are in this country.

Edited: 05 June 2013, 03:14