B.owing to new storms in the south and east of Germany, the district of Berchtesgadener Land in Upper Bavaria declared a disaster late on Saturday evening. After torrential rain, the fire brigade in the Berchtesgadener Land district in Upper Bavaria had been in continuous operation with around 500 emergency services since Saturday evening. Two people died in the flood area. In the event of a death, however, it is still unclear whether it is related to the flood, said the spokeswoman for the Berchtesgadener Land district office, Alexandra Rothenbuchner.
The situation is dramatic, said a spokesman for the integrated control center in Traunstein. The water shot out of the mountains, at the same time the water levels of the river Ache rose. The places particularly affected were Berchtesgaden, Bischofswiesen, Schönau am Königssee, Marktschellenberg and Ramsau in the far south-east of Bavaria. There the water overflowed in places and flooded streets. Slopes slipped. Individual houses therefore had to be cleared, said Rothenbuchner. “There are always emergency calls coming in,” said a police spokesman in Rosenheim.
According to media reports, the Ache has reached record water levels – by 10 p.m. they were already around 3.75 meters. Pictures show streets that turn into raging brooks. People wade knee-deep in the water. The fire brigade is on duty every few hundred meters, reports an eyewitness. Tractors cleared debris. Sometimes the water is up to 50 centimeters high.
The rains also have an impact on Passau. There the water levels of the rivers continue to rise every hour. As a precaution, the police towed cars from parking lots on the Danube, a spokeswoman said on Sunday. Residents have failed to repark their vehicles despite flood warnings. “If we don’t tow them away, they’ll swim as far as Austria,” said the police spokeswoman. According to the flood intelligence service, the level of the Danube had risen by almost two meters to 7.80 meters over the course of Saturday. The water level of the Inn rose in the past twelve hours from 3.30 to 5.40 meters.
Saxony and Austria also affected
Likewise, in Chamerau in the Upper Palatinate, the Roßbach burst its banks due to heavy rain. A building was protected from the water with sandbags, said a police spokesman. In the entire district, there were five more fire services due to full basements or flooded streets.
In parts of Saxony, too, immense rainfall caused heavy flooding on Saturday. In Saxon Switzerland, several localities of cities and municipalities were no longer accessible. Neustadt, Sebnitz, Bad Schandau, Reinhardtsdorf-Schöna and Gohrisch are particularly affected, the district office informed in the evening. The railway line between Bad Schandau and the Czech Decin was closed. “The situation is tense, but manageable,” said the situation center of the Ministry of the Interior in Dresden at the request of the German Press Agency.