Heavy snowfall on Sunday cut off Dalmatia from the world. On Monday morning, roads leading to this region of Croatia located on the Adriatic Sea were still impassable, reported the daily “Slobodna Dalmacija”. Reporter 24, Mr. Włodek, has been trying to return to Poland by car since Sunday. – We spent the night in the car. Today we returned to the same point, but the motorway is still closed – he told the editors of Kontakt 24.
Heavy snowfall and the accompanying wind blocked all roads connecting Dalmatia with other regions on Sunday. Help centers for those in need have been opened in Gračac, Obrovac and Gospić. According to an employee of the center in Obrovac in an interview with Radio Free Europe, about 40 people, including foreigners, found shelter in the facility.
Many people spent the night in cars
“Many people were forced to spend the night in cars, which gathered mainly around gas stations. About 100 cars stopped at the station near Gracac,” wrote the daily Slobodna Dalmacija. He estimated that Dalmatia “turned into an island”.
– . Although such snowfall has been expected for a week, there is no organization here, one of the people at the gas station complained in an interview with a Croatian newspaper. – Winter holidays are underway, there was also a match. We could expect a lot of traffic on the roads, she said.
Reporter’s Report 24. “The highway entrance is closed”
The editors of Kontakt 24 were contacted by Mr. Włodek, who since Sunday has been trying to drive a passenger car over the Maslenica bridge to the motorway in Croatia to return to Poland.
– We are in the town of Stari Grad. On Sunday we drove 150 kilometers from Split and it turned out that the entrance to the highway was closed. It was raining with snow. We tried to drive through local roads, but everything was closed. We spent the night in the car. Today we returned to the same point, but the highway is still closed.
He added that he had managed to contact the consulate in Croatia. – They told us that due to the difficult weather conditions, snow and wind, Dalmatia is cut off, that there is no possibility of crossing – he said. – We are currently having alternating rain and wind. We are lower, so it does not snow here, but apparently higher, it is dangerous on the bridges – he reported.
– We were supposed to return to Poland today, everyone goes to work, but unfortunately we have to wait – said Reporter 24.
Main photo source: Contact 24