Snowed-In Austrian Nuns Insist They’re Staying Put

Rescue workers carry a victim after a 990-foot wide avalanche hit the Tamok Valley, near the northern city of Tromsoe, Norway, on Jan. 17, 2019. Norwegian police say they have located the bodies of three ski tourists that were hit by the Jan. 2 avalanche, and a police spokesman said on Jan. 16 they would continue search efforts for the fourth victim weather permitting. (Rune Stoltz Bertinussen/NTB Scanpix)

BERLIN (AP) — Authorities in Austria tried to reach dozens of Catholic nuns whose Alpine monastery has been cut off from the world for days because of heavy snowfall.

But public broadcaster ORF reported Thursday that the nuns say they’ve got enough food and fuel, and want to stay put.

The Marienparadies cloister, about 30 miles south of Salzburg, is home to 30 nuns and one priest.

ORF reported that authorities have deployed heavy equipment to clear snow and fallen trees blocking the road to the monastery run by the “Sisters of Bethlehem” order.

It quoted prioress, Sister Laure-Marie, saying that the nuns had considered leaving but “since the sun returned and the road will be clear again soon, we are very, very grateful we’re allowed to remain with God.”

Heavy snow has caused problems and fatalities in numerous European countries in recent weeks.

In Norway, rescuers have recovered two more bodies after four skiers were swept away in an avalanche in the northern part of the country more than two weeks ago.

The bodies were flown by helicopter down to a valley where they would be transported to the city of Tromsoe in a hearse on Thursday. The first body was recovered Wednesday.

Police tweeted that the search for the last victim was continuing.

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