Flash Floods Across Europe – 2 Dead in Germany

Parts of northern, central and south eastern Europe are seeing widespread flooding after a wave of severe weather.

3 people have been killed in flooding in south east Europe in the last 2 days after heavy rain caused rivers to overflow in Bulgaria and Romania. Serbia is also seeing high volumes of rainfall, causing concern for levels of the river Danube.

The severe weather is also affecting areas around the Alps, as well as areas of northern Europe, in particular Germany.

Germany

Severe thunderstorms and heavy rainfall – “Unwetter” as the Germans say – across parts of western and southern Germany yesterday 29 July 2014 caused widespread flooding across several of Germany’s states in particular Baden-Württemberg and North Rhine-Westphalia.

According to Spiegel, 2 people were killed in the flooding. in North Rhine-Westphalia. One man drowned after being trapped in his flooded cellar. Another man drowned after his car was dragged away in flood water. IN the city of Münster , emergency rescue teams were on constant call-out – over 1,000 calls were made to the fire department. According to the local mayor, Markus Lewe, 200 litres of rain per square metre fell in 24 hours.

In Baden-Württemberg, flooding was reported in Tübingen, Böblingen, Tuttlingen and Rottweil. The storms and flooding caused widespread problems for drivers – one man died in a car crash in Überlingen. Several roads were closed as a result of accidents and flooding. In Tuttlingen around 80 people had to be evacuated from a hotel. A landslide was reported to have occurred yesterday in Wellendingen.

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Floods in the Rhine Valley, germany, July 2014. Photo: Nicole Schnell @ twitter

Further storms have been forecast for Germany as the storm system appears to be moving east.

Rainfall figures 24 hours to 29 July 2014

  • Klippeneck, Baden-Württemberg – 59.4 mm
  • Idar-Oberstein, Rheinland-Pfalz – 63 mm
  • Deuselbach, Rheinland-Pfalz – 51.5 mm

Netherlands

Parts of the Netherlands saw over 100mm of rain fall between 27 and 28 July 2014. The province of Gelderland was the worst affected by flooding, including the city of Deelen. However other areas also suffered, including Amsterdam where public transport suffered problems and flights were delayed at Schiphol airport. Between 28 and 29 July, 56mm of rain fell at Amsterdam Schiphol and 91.8mm at Wijk aan Zee on the North Sea coast.

Belgium, Italy, Switzerland

Heavy rainfall also seen in parts of Belgium (62mm in 24 hours in Beauvechain), northern Italy, Slovenia and Switzerland where floods struck in the Emmental region on 24 July 2014 when the river Emme burst its banks. Over the last 24 hours, 79mm of rain has fallen in Giswil in the canton of Obwalden, Switzerland. In Trieste, Italy, 82 mm of rain fell in 24 hours to 29 July.