Slovenia Is Still Frozen Solid: 'This Is Crazy, Really Crazy'

SloveniaREUTERS/Srdjan ZivulovicA woman looks out of the window of an ice-covered building in Postojna February 5, 2014. Cars stand entombed in a crystal-like casing near the deserted railway station in Postojna. Trees and electricity pylons lie felled in the snow by the sheer weight of ice enveloping them.

Three days of blizzards and a freak ice storm have inflicted “the worst devastation in living memory” in the small Alpine country of Slovenia as life in half of the country is frozen in place.

Unexpected rain in the west rapidly turned to ice, entombing cars, trains, ATMS, and power lines in addition to half of Slovenia’s forests (roughly 1.2 million acres).

A tiny EU member-state already going through a recession and a bank bailout over billions of euros in toxic debt, Slovenia is now facing the worst economic crisis in two decades.

“Slovenia has witnessed a major natural disaster,” Prime Minister Alenka Bratusek said while visiting the badly-hit town of Ljubno ob Savinji.

SloveniaREUTERS/Srdjan ZivulovicA car with a smashed rear windscreen is seen amid heavy ice in Postojna February 5, 2014.

“At first they said we’d be here three days. Now they told us two weeks, maybe even longer,” Mateusz Frym, part of a team of Austian emergency workers who came with 26 generators to help, told Reuters. “We have a lot of snow (in Austria), but this is crazy, really crazy.”

SloveniaREUTERS/Srdjan ZivulovicA man removes a layer of ice from a facade in Postojna February 5, 2014.

Here’s a man methodically removing inches-thick ice from a car with a hammer.

Other cars were hit by trees that buckled under the ice.

SloveniaREUTERS/Srdjan ZivulovicA power company worker removes broken wires next to an ice-covered car in Pivka February 4, 2014.

The frozen landscape is the new reality, for now.

RTX187YMREUTERS/Srdjan ZivulovicTwo men walk next to ice covered trees in Postojna February 4, 2014.

“In the 35 years I’ve worked here, I’ve never seen anything like this,” A railway worker told Reuters. “It will take another two months before trains can run again.” It will take another two months before trains can run again.”

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