The situation in the Rhein-Erft district is still dramatic. Bundeswehr tanks salvage cars on the flooded B265 in Erftstadt. It is unclear whether there are people in the cars.
Erftstadt – The Location in the Rhein-Erft district* is still dramatic. Also on the third day of “Flood of the century” in NRW* the rescue workers are in constant use. In the North Rhine-Westphalian town particularly affected by the floods Erftstadt-Blessem there are no confirmed fatalities so far. Since the work of the rescue workers in the Blessem area is still in full swing, one cannot rule out the possibility of deaths, said a district spokeswoman on Saturday morning.
Storm Erftstadt Blessem: Bundeswehr in action – tanks rescue cars
Also the armed forces currently has in Rhein-Erft district* multiple missions. Since 7 a.m. on Saturday the B265 several trucks, cars and vans salvaged. The Bundeswehr relies on heavy equipment: Tanks and helicopters are in commitment.
Flooded B265 near Erftstadt Blessem: water still up to 10 meters deep
But the rescue work is difficult. According to a press spokesman, the water in Erftstadt is sometimes more than ten meters deep. At the moment it cannot be said whether yet People in the vehicles are. However, none have been found so far.
The Duration of the rescue work is also still unclear. Though that Flood in Erftstadt slowly declining, continue to stand around 25 vehicles under water. On Friday the street was still used with a boat from the water rescue service. The rescue operation including tanks could only start on Saturday morning, before that the amount of water was too large.
Storm Erftstadt Blessem: Further erosions on the tear-off edge
There are also on Saturday lunchtime Federal President Frank-Walter Steinmeier and NRW Prime Minister Armin Laschet* (CDU) in Erftstadt. You want to get an idea of the current situation and talk to rescue workers, according to the Federal President’s Office, meanwhile locks the police the district of Erftstadt-Blessem* widely. The reason: on the The tear-off edge has been undermined given. Currently one does not know whether there is further danger, said a police officer at the cordon.
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- Sebastian Peters is the reporter Ippen Digital Zentralredaktion and reports for the offers of IPPEN.MEDIA from the disaster area in NRW.
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