Zermatt, Switzerland flooded by torrent of water

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A torrent of water in the Triftbach stream caused unexpected flooding in the Swiss resort of Zermatt.

A pocket of meltwater in the glacier above is believed to be the cause.

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A torrent of water in the Triftbach stream caused unexpected flooding in Zermatt, Switzerland on July 25, 2019. Picture via 20min

Yesterday, July 24, 2019, was the hottest day of the year in Switzerland… Let say so far.

And today, the Triftbach stream took Zermatt by surprise when it suddenly transformed into a raging torrent of muddy water for a few hours.

A glacier is probably at the origin of these torrents of water carrying sand and stones, said mayor Romy Biner-Hauser, who described it as “an unpredictable event of nature”.

A pocket of water in the glacial zone above the stream – invisible from the surface – could have emptied itself, he said.

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Only infrastructure damages have been reported so far in Zermatt. Neither injuries nor deaths. Picture via 20min

The fire brigade has been deployed and the bridges over the Triftbach have been closed. Water had to be pumped out of some of the cellars of local houses. No one was injured, the municipality said.

This sudden flash flood shows again that natural disasters are somehow unpredictable… Always be ready and prepared for the next catastrophic event!

[20min, srf, le nouvelliste, swissinfo]

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