Germany – Damaging Floods in Baden-Württemberg, 1 Fatality Reported

Heavy rain and flooding continue across parts of Germany. Tragedy struck in the southwestern state of Baden-Württemberg when a man died in a flooded basement apartment in Biberach district.

Days of stormy weather including lightning strikes, heavy rain and flash flooding, has affected areas of western, central and southern Germany since 03 June 2021.

Further heavy rainfall fell from 07 June, causing flooding in the state of Baden-Württemberg. The town of Rot an der Rot recorded around 65mm of rain in 24 hours to 08 June, while the town of Biberach an der Riß recorded over 40 mm of rain during the same period.

The government of Biberach district reported over 100 buildings damaged by flooding in the communities of Ellwangen, Haslach, Eberhardzell, Rot an der Rot, Mühlhausen, Tannheim and Ummendorf. In tragic circumstance a man died after becoming trapped in a flooded basement apartment in the town of Rot an der Rot.

District Administrator Dr. Heiko Schmid said, “The situation in the affected communities is devastating…Our deepest condolences go to the relatives of the deceased. I would particularly like to thank the around 500 emergency services who have been on duty since last night (07 June) and really give everything. The willingness to help and solidarity on site is great. We now hope that there will be no more rain and that the tense situation will relax a little in the next few hours.”

Charlotte Ziller, Head of the Office for Fire and Disaster Protection in Biberach said that, as of the afternoon 08 June the levels were falling slowly but steadily and the emergency services were embarking on clean-up operations in many places.

Flooding also affected Heilbronn District of Baden-Württemberg, where the Fire Service was called out to over 250 missions to pump flooded cellars, close flooded roads and clear flood debris, mostly in the city of Neckarsulm. Municipal buildings, including educational buildings have been flooded. The Audi factory in Neckarsulm also saw some minor flooding.

Some buildings were also reported flooded in the city of Heilbronn. One person was injured in a road accident blamed on the severe weather.

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Featured photo: Floods in Neckarsulm, Baden-Württemberg, Germany, 08 June 2021. Credit: Photo Stefan Hertwig