Weather service warns of further storms in flood regions

As of: May 20, 2024 3:12 a.m

In the flood areas in Rhineland-Palatinate and Saarland, people are worried about the coming week. Then there could be more storms. There was a first fatality in Saarbrücken.

Clean-up work is underway in the flood regions in Saarland and Rhineland-Palatinate, but at the same time the situation could worsen again in the new week. According to the German Weather Service, heavy rainfall could develop, especially from Tuesday onwards, “which from today’s perspective will mainly affect the southwest of the country”.

Meanwhile, the flood situation in Saarbrücken claimed one life. A 67-year-old died in a hospital on Sunday evening, the city announced. This is a resident who had an accident during a rescue operation on Friday. The media had already reported on the accident over the weekend.

No further reports of injuries so far

The Saarland Prime Minister Anke Rehlinger reacted with dismay: “It hurts my heart that a 67-year-old woman died this evening from her injuries from a tragic accident during a rescue operation,” said the SPD politician on Sunday.

She is grateful for the highly professional effort of all rescue workers in Saarland. “You have contributed to the fact that we have only had a few injuries so far.” The spokesman for the Saarland Ministry of the Interior was not aware of any injuries as of Sunday evening. There was also no information on injuries in Rhineland-Palatinate until Sunday.

In Zell an der Mosel, large parts of the old town are under water. The situation there is now easing.

The situation in Rhineland-Palatinate is deteriorating

On Sunday afternoon, heavy rain led to flooding and landslides in the Rhineland-Palatinate town of Kirn. The Sulzbach district was most affected, said a police spokesman. According to this, numerous cellars and ground floors were full of water and mud, and some of the district was no longer passable. A landslide also blocked federal highway 41, and the road was then temporarily closed.

On Sunday evening there was also a major operation by the fire brigade and technical relief agency in Auw an der Kyll in the southern Eifel. The cellars in several houses were full, a police spokesman in Trier said in the evening. “So far the situation is relatively relaxed. As of now, there are no injuries.” Around 130 emergency services were on site late Sunday evening. The water level of the Kyll – a tributary of the Moselle – is quite high, which is why the floods occurred.

Extreme thunderstorm warning

The German Weather Service (DWD) warned of storms in Rhineland-Palatinate and Saarland on Sunday. A warning for extreme thunderstorms of the highest level four was in effect in both federal states in the evening.

Many residents look at the weather forecasts for the coming week with trepidation: “It will be interesting on Tuesday,” said meteorologist Markus Böse from the German Weather Service (DWD). Then heavy rains developed again, “which from today’s perspective mainly affect the southwest of the country.” According to the meteorologists, an exact forecast was difficult because the exact centers of gravity and the amount of rain were calculated very differently by the models. But: “Parts of Rhineland-Palatinate, Saarland and Baden-Württemberg will probably be affected.”

Although the calculated amounts of rain are not as high as last Friday, most of the rain falls within six to twelve hours, said Böse. If the Saarland and the Palatinate are again the focus of rainfall, rising water levels and possibly floods and floods must be expected there again.

source site