July 22, 2012
Flood waters peak in southeastern Austria after rain triggers mudslides
VIENNA - Authorities say flood waters in southeastern Austria appear to have peaked after persistent rain led to mudslides which left one man dead.
On Saturday, rescue workers recovered the body of a man buried by a mudslide in the village of Thoerl the previous evening. The village of St. Lorenzen, also in Styria province, was hit early Saturday by a mudslide that swept away garages and cars.
In the state capital, Graz, authorities closed bridges and warned people to stay away from the banks of the swollen Mur river. However, city authorities said Sunday the situation was stable. The Mur flooded buildings in Deutschfeistritz, near Graz, Saturday night.