Germany – Heavy Rain From Storm Axel Causes Flooding

A weather front named “Storm Axel” brought heavy rain, strong winds and thunderstorms to parts of Germany between 20 and 22 May, 2019.

Several states have been affected including Bavaria, Baden-Württemberg, North-Rhine Westphalia, Hesse, Mecklenburg-West Pomerania, Saxony, Saxony-Anhalt and Lower Saxony.

Some areas of Bavaria recorded over 250mm of rain in 48 hours to 22 May, according to Deutscher Wetterdienst (DWD). Parts of Switzerland and Austria have also seen heavy rain, including record levels in the western state of Vorarlberg.

In Germany, flood damage caused a hospital to be evacuated in Helmstadt in the state of Lower Saxony. One fatality was blamed on the heavy rain after a car skidded off an Autobahn in Aurach, Bavaria. Rail travel was disrupted in Allgäu Region after a train track was flooded.

Local media reported that the Obere Argen river rose rapidly, threatening to flood parts of the city of Wangen, Baden-Württemberg. Likewise in Hesse, levels of the river Losse, a tributary of the Fulda, climbed to the danger mark, prompting the city of Kassel to erect flood defences.

Levels of the Fulda River in Hesse and the Danube in Bavaria remain high.

Losse River at Helsa, near Kassel, Hesse, Germany, May 2019. Image: HLNUG
Obere Argen river at Epplings, near Wangen, Baden-Württemberg, May 2019. Image: Landesanstalt für Umwelt Baden-Württemberg


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