The flood disaster destroyed entire villages in North Rhine-Westphalia. Prime Minister Armin Laschet promises quick help, but also speaks a bitter truth.
Update from July 19, 12:10 p.m.: Finally the all-clear at the Steinbachtalsperre in North Rhine-Westphalia. “The dam is now broken
no longer to fear ”, tweeted the Cologne district government on Monday morning. “The dam will be fished in the next few days and then completely emptied.” Experts examined the dam on Monday morning and believe it is stable. The Rhein-Sieg district has ended the evacuation after the storm. There is no longer any warning for Swisttal-Odendorf, Essig, Ludendorf and Miel. The district of Euskirchen is also gradually lifting the entry bans. All further information on the flood situation in North Rhine-Westphalia can be found here.
Update from July 19, 8:25 a.m.: The dam at the Steinbachtalsperre in North Rhine-Westphalia has been threatened by floods for days. Rumors were already circulating that the dam had broken. This denied the Euskirchen fire brigade. The dam withstood the masses of water until Monday morning (July 19). In fact, no cracks were found during a control flight of a Federal Police helicopter. According to a spokesman for the fire brigade, water is currently being pumped out. Experts should assess on Monday whether the water level is already beyond the critical mark.
Update from July 19, 8:05 a.m.: For the residents of Erfstadt, which was particularly badly damaged by the flood, there is still an acute risk of death near the edge of the demolition. It therefore continues to constitute a risk. According to the German Press Agency, the gravel pit behind the Blessem district is largely cordoned off. However, further slipping of earth masses is possible at any time, according to Mayor Carolin Wetzel in the “Morgenmagazin” of WDR 2. The affected districts are permanently monitored with drones. With the help of drones as well as robots, search dogs and sonar devices, the search for missing persons will continue under high pressure.
Erftstadt residents have water again
Update from July 18, 10:36 p.m .: The residents of the city of Erftstadt, which was particularly hard hit by the disaster, can now use water again. The city announced: “A shower or a necessary washing machine are not a problem.” Nevertheless, caution is still required: If there is a backlog inside the house or apartment, consumption must be reduced again. The city therefore warns: “In particular, please do not leave devices unattended.”
Possible water pollution by oil at the Wuppertalsperre
Update from July 18, 10:26 p.m.: In the Oberbergischer Kreis, the flood caused contamination of the Wuppertalsperre. According to the Cologne district government, several companies at Hackeswagen were flooded, with oil leaking among other things. This then flowed to the main lock. The water is currently being tested and samples are being taken. Leisure activities such as swimming or fishing on the water are therefore prohibited for the time being.
Flood in NRW: “Reconstruction will take months, even years”
First report: Munich – In North Rhine-Westphalia, even days after the flood disaster * as a result of torrential rain, the full extent of the damage cannot be foreseen. What is certain is that dozens have lost their lives, thousands their homes, many of them their livelihoods. Aid workers are among the victims, and at least four firefighters died trying to help.
Politicians have already made promises of rapid aid packages. Prime Minister Armin Laschet * announced a “quick national response”. He will discuss with local representatives “how we should design the financial aid to quickly rebuild our homeland”. At the same time, the Union Chancellor candidate * prepared the people in the affected areas for the long-term consequences: “We will feel the wounds of these days for a long time to come. The reconstruction will take months, even years. “
Flood in North Rhine-Westphalia: 650 police officers and thousands of fire brigade and THW personnel on duty
The cohesion is impressive, so countless volunteers lend a hand to push ahead with the clean-up work – where it is already possible. 650 police officers and 19,000 fire brigade and technical aid organizations (THW) are also deployed from the most populous federal state alone.
Unfortunately, the suffering of others also brings out the bad in some people. According to Aachen, for example, “onlookers and disaster tourists” would make the work considerably more difficult. The only thing they tackle is their cell phone to capture particularly spectacular photos or videos. Access routes and rescue vehicles would also be blocked, disrupting helpers pumping water out of basements and picking up bulky items.
Video: Where to donate after the flood disaster
Floods in North Rhine-Westphalia: Three alleged looters are in custody
The behavior of looters who help themselves in houses that have been abandoned on the run is outrageous. According to Laschet, three suspects are in custody after incidents in Eschweiler near Aachen. “It makes me angry when I hear that right now people are returning to their devastated houses and discovering that looters have stolen what little they have left,” emphasized the CDU chairman.
Meanwhile, the fate of many people is still uncertain. For such cases there is a special personal information center in Cologne, to which various cases have already been reported. (mg) * Merkur.de is an offer from IPPEN.MEDIA