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The torrent tamers.

Unimog supports flood protection along the Loisach.

Anyone coming to Benediktbeuern and taking a look around in the village and the surrounding area will see one picture postcard motif after another. The small parish with the monastery of the same name in the rural district of Bad T lz-Wolfratshausen is situated in the foothills of the Alps, not far from the popular destinations of the Kochesee and Walchensee lakes. The Karwendel mountain range can be seen in the distance and it is not far from the idyllically positioned Sylvenstein reservoir either. Take the B11 road northwards and you can be in Munich in a good hour.

Wild streams are a common feature in the foothills of the Alps. A welcome sight for hikers in the summer. They often like to cool their hot feet in the refreshing mountain water. But danger beckons when the snow melts or when heavy rain showers sweep across the country: the harmless little streams become highly dangerous within a very short space of time. They swell up, uproot trees and take stones and boulders with them. By this point at the latest the men from the Benediktbeuern river management service hurry into action.

Agile powerhouse.

They are part of the Weilheim water authority – comparable with a road service department. The 14 hydraulic engineers from Benediktbeuern have similar tasks to their colleagues at a road maintenance depot. Their job: the maintenance of bodies of water. The wild streams around the Loisach form their area of application. The focus is on flood control for the neighbouring communities.

For example, they rein in the wild streams with large-scale bank reinforcements. This requires masses of rocks – authorised in accordance with hydraulic construction stone guidelines. A suitable working implement is the Unimog U 530 with the Hardox stone body, with which the stones can be taken directly to construction sites that are often located in difficult terrain. The manoeuvrability of the Unimog and its load is a huge benefit for these operations in the foothills of the Alps.

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Another important aspect is the tyre pressure control system. This is because it is not uncommon for the route to include wet meadows. Getting stuck in those would be a huge problem. The Dücker shredder is installed on the front mounting plate and operated via the front power take-off shaft because forest management along the streams is also part of the team's work. The power lift and hydraulic rear power take-off shaft serve as the infrastructure for the three-point winch from Ritter. It can be used to pull the tree trunks out of the streams. And there are plenty of them in the torrents.

Project implemented with Unimog general distributor partner:
Henne Nutzfahrzeuge GmbH

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