The situation remains threatening in the flood areas. The German Weather Service predicts heavy rainfall in some cases. In the reservoirs of the Bergisches Land and the Siegerland in North Rhine-Westphalia and the Harz Mountains, continuous rain is to be expected from Friday morning until Saturday night. Up to 40 liters per square meter could fall within 24 hours. The situation in Lower Saxony is tense. Also In east Germany Many fire departments are still in constant use.
Dikes do not hold up everywhere
In Lower Saxony Areas on the rivers Aller, Leine and Weser in the southern and central parts of the country are affected. The situation there worsened further on Thursday. The dikes could not withstand the masses of water everywhere. Thousands of relief workers are deployed across the country. Evacuations have been prepared in some places. In the community of Langlingen in the Celle district, around 120 people left their houses and apartments as a precaution on Friday night.
In the morning, the state government wants to give an update on the flood situation at a press conference. Prime Minister Stephan Weil (SPD) said on Thursday that there had never been a flood of this magnitude before. “Experts have long warned that the increasing frequency of extreme weather events is linked to climate change,” he said. According to the Ministry of the Interior, a so-called extraordinary event was detected in six districts and the city of Oldenburg. With this measure, districts can, for example, more easily access support staff.
Also around Bremen there is still no all-clear. According to the authorities on Thursday evening, numerous houses along the Wümme in the Katrepel area are surrounded by water and without electricity. Most of the residents have left this area. In the Timmersloh district the water is at the dikes. Streets and fields are flooded. According to the interior authorities, measures to secure the dike have already had to be taken several times.
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The situation in Saxony should soon ease
On the Elbe in Dresden Water levels are expected to rise. 5.92 meters were measured early Thursday afternoon. That was still just below the six meter mark, from which the second highest alert level 3 would apply. The state flood control center expected that this limit would be exceeded on Friday morning – but only very slightly at a maximum of 6.01 meters. A water level of 2.00 meters is normal in the Elbe in the state capital.
The hydrologists expected the Elbe floodwaters to recede from Friday, as a spokesman for the State Office for the Environment, Agriculture and Geology said. Only slight rain is expected locally, in the Czech Elbe catchment area there will be no precipitation or melting snow until Friday.
Im North of Thuringia The attention turns to the Kelbra dam, from which water was drained. In the village of Mönchpfiffel-Nikolausrieth, around 30 houses were at risk of being flooded, as a spokesman for the Ministry of the Interior said on Thursday. Emergency services had set up 6,000 sandbags on the river bank to prevent this. According to the information, the water was about ten centimeters below the edge of the bank.