Germany – Rescues and Evacuations After Flash Floods in North

Severe thunderstorms, hail and heavy rain affected parts of Germany yesterday, 10 May, 2018.

Flash flooding was reported in Hamburg and areas of Schleswig-Holstein, where emergency services received over 2,000 calls for help.

Several people had to be rescued from flooded cars or homes in Bergedorf, Lohbrügge and Oststeinbek in the north east of the city. Flooding was also reported in other areas of the district of Stormarn. Several roads were closed in the area.

German news agency Deutsche Presse-Agentur (DPA ) reported that a building was evacuated in Oststeinbek and 15 people in Lohbrügge, where a huge sinkhole appeared as a result of the heavy rain.

Deutscher Wetterdienst (DWD) had issued warnings for severe thunderstorms and heavy rain of up to 60 mm for parts of Hamburg and Schleswig-Holstein. Unwetterzentrale in Germany said that the Schleswig-Holstein town of Quickborn, which is about 27 km north west of Oststeinbek, recorded 58.7 mm of rain in 24 hours to early 11 May. (Update: DWD later added that 42 mm of the rain in Oststeinbek fell in 30 minutes.)

Elsewhere in Germany a severe hailstorm affected Rhön-Grabfeld in Bavaria

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Flood Summary

Last updated: May 11, 2018
Northern Germany, May 2018
May 10 to May 11, 2018
Flash flood
Extreme rainfall


A - Bergedorf
B - Lohbrügge
C - Oststeinbek


Rainfall level
58.7 mm in 24 hours
Quickborn - May 10 to May 11, 2018


20 people
Hamburg and surrounding areas - May 10 to May 11, 2018
10 people
Hamburg and surrounding areas - May 10 to May 11, 2018