Germany – Deadly Floods Hit Bavaria

Update: 03 June 2016

Police in Lower Bavaria reported late on 02 June 2016 that the body of a sixth victim has been found. The 65-year old man was found dead in Simbach am Inn, where 4 other victims also died in the floods. Another victim died in a swollen stream in the village of Julbach.

Original report: 02 June 2016

Further floods have struck in Germany, leaving towns in the state of Bavaria devastated and at least 5  people dead.  This is the second deadly flood event in Germany in the space of a few days. Three people died earlier this week after floods in the neighbouring state of Baden-Württemberg.

The worst hit area is the district of Rottal-Inn, Bavaria, where rivers have overflowed and around 9,000 homes are without power. Rottal-Inn District Administrator, Michael Fahmüller, declared a state of emergency yesterday afternoon, appealing to residents to stay in their homes.

According to authorities there, three people died when they were trapped in their flooded home in Simbach am Inn on 01 June. The bodies were recovered by divers. Another victim was later found dead in a swollen stream in Julbach, also in Rottal-Inn. The body of a fifth victim was found earlier today, 02 June, according to police. Several people are also reported as still missing.

The towns of Triftern and Tann in the same district were also badly affected. In scenes similar to those earlier this week in Braunsbach in the neighbouring state of Baden-Württemberg floodwaters dragged cars, trees, furniture and debris across streets in the area.

Some residents needed to take refuge on roofs to escape the floods. Several flood rescues had to be carried out, including some by helicopter. At one point around 650 personnel from emergency and police teams were working in the area.

Police in Bavaria say that 14 students were trapped in a school in Triftern and had to spend the night there but have since been rescued and all are now safe with their parents..

Police are asking people to avoid the following areas, which are all unsafe as a result of flooding: Simbach am Inn, Tann, Triftern, Zeilarn, Anzenkirchen, Kirchdorf am Inn, Lanhofen, Untertürken, Bad Griesbach and Ruhstorf an der Rott.

The city of Passau also experienced some minor flooding. The town lies at the confluence of the Danube, Inn and Ilz rivers and is famous for the devastating floods of 2013.

River Levels

Levels of the Altbach, a small river that runs through Triftern, shot up almost 250 cm from later 31 May to midday 01 June. By late 01 June levels stood at just under 345 cm, beating the previous high of 322 cm set in August 1991. Levels have since fallen to 122 cm.

Image: Bayerisches Landesamt für Umwelt
Levels of the Altbach, Triftern. Image: Bayerisches Landesamt für
Umwelt

Levels of the Inn River at Simbach rose even more dramatically, shooting up around 4 metres. At 04:00 on 01 June, levels were under 1 metre (87 cm). By 14:00 later that day, levels stood at 480 cm, beating the previous record of 150 cm set in June 2007. Levels have since returned to closer to normal at 57 cm.

Image: Bayerisches Landesamt für Umwelt
Levels of the Inn River at Simbach. Image: Bayerisches Landesamt für
Umwelt

Flood Summary

Last updated: July 4, 2016
Event
Bavaria, Germany, June 2016
Date
June 1 to June 3, 2016
Type
Flash flood, River flood
Cause
Extreme rainfall
Floods struck in district of Rottal-Inn, Bavaria, where rivers overflowed, leaving towns devastated and at least 6 people dead.

Locations

A - Simbach am Inn
B - Triftern

Magnitude

River level
3.45 metres
Altbach River level at Triftern - June 1 to June 1, 2016
River level
4.80 metres
Inn River level at Simbach am Inn - June 1 to June 1, 2016

Damages

Fatalities
6 people
Rottal-Inn District