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As of: December 28, 2023 9:21 p.m

Flooded districts, evacuated folks and animals: the flooding continues in jap and northern Germany. Lower Saxony’s Prime Minister Weil speaks of an “unprecedented extent”. Emergency companies criticize onlookers.

The flood state of affairs stays threatening in elements of northern and jap Germany. In Lower Saxony, in line with Prime Minister Stephan Weil, issues are extra tense than ever. “We have never had a flood of this magnitude before,” stated the SPD politician in a press release. “Experts have long been warning that the increasingly frequent extreme weather events are linked to climate change,” stated Weil. In the longer term, dedication to flood prevention should be additional elevated and CO2 emissions should urgently be additional lowered.

According to Weil, greater than 100,000 folks within the state are working to fight the floods. “The images are similar and yet in many places they are frightening: Huge masses of water where otherwise comparatively small rivers meander through the landscape, dikes reinforced with sandbags, pumps in continuous operation.” Several federal states are serving to with sandbags and fireplace departments.

In Lower Saxony, a so-called extraordinary occasion had been detected in six districts and the town of Oldenburg by the afternoon, stated a spokesman for the Ministry of the Interior – together with in Verden an der Aller. For instance, by detecting a rare occasion, counties can extra simply entry emergency personnel.

Lower Saxony’s Prime Minister visited Hodenhagen an der Aller.

Water pushed into residential areas

The first animals have been evacuated from the Serengeti Park in Hodenhagen, Lower Saxony. Water obtained into a few of the stables on the jungle safari with greater than 200 monkeys, a spokeswoman stated. In addition to lemurs and ruffed lemurs, prairie canine and meerkats additionally needed to go away their enclosures and are actually housed elsewhere on the positioning north of Hanover.

Reported from Verden an der Aller ARD correspondent Sophie Mühlmann of softened soils. The water is rising “much, much faster” than the hearth division anticipated. It is being pushed into residential streets close to the banks and a few homes are being washed out. Despite using sandbags, the partitions and the bottom have been soaked.

Numerous water ranges have been above the best reporting degree – particularly within the southern a part of the state, because the State Office for Water Management, Coasts and Nature Conservation (NLWKN) introduced. In Drakenburg close to Nienburg an der Weser, the historic water degree of 834 centimeters from 1981 was reportedly exceeded. The peak is anticipated there that night time, additional downstream in the direction of Bremen solely on Saturday night time.

Onlookers, theft and arguments

The flood state of affairs in Lilienthal north of Bremen additionally stays tense. Dikes have been severely broken in a number of locations locally in current days. The all-clear has now been given due to the scary dike breach. In Meppen, quite a few onlookers hindered the work of the hearth brigade and the Technical Relief Agency (THW). Fire division spokesman Sven Lammers criticized flood tourism as endangering operations.

The fireplace departments additionally need to cope with different issues: their sources are being stolen. “Sandbags that are installed on dikes are taken away by residents because they themselves do not have sandbags to protect their houses,” stated the President of the German Fire Brigade Association, Karl-Heinz Banse. There are insults and discussions with these affected as to why water is pumped out first in sure streets. “Why does my neighbor have the fire department in the basement before me? There are lots and lots of arguments,” stated Banse.

The 150-year-old Pretziener Weir was final opened ten years in the past.

Weir opened within the Magdeburg space

To defuse the state of affairs within the Magdeburg space, the state workplace for flood safety opened the roughly 135 meter lengthy Pretziener weir on Thursday. This implies that round a 3rd of the Elbe’s water is now channeled previous the cities of Magdeburg and Schönebeck via a canal earlier than flowing again into the Elbe.

The water ranges in Saxony’s rivers are actually falling once more – with one exception. The flood waters of the Elbe have been nonetheless rising slowly in Saxony. A water degree of 5.92 meters was measured in Dresden within the early afternoon. That was nonetheless slightly below the six meter mark at which the second highest alert degree would apply. The state flood management middle anticipated that this restrict can be exceeded within the morning – however solely very barely at a most of 6.01 meters. A water degree of two meters is common within the Elbe within the state capital.

Water had already been launched from the Kelbra dam in Saxony-Anhalt. As a end result, the water degree of the Helme River rose and, in line with authorities, is now endangering a district within the Kyffhäuser district in Thuringia. According to the Interior Ministry, emergency companies are establishing sandbags on the river financial institution to stop the water from overflowing into the small city with round 30 homes. In the afternoon, the accountable authorities in each federal states determined to particularly open the Helme dike in Saxony-Anhalt so as to drain the water into surrounding fields.

Flooding after steady rain

Land underneath in lots of elements of Germany

Return to Windehausen doable

The residents of the city of Windehausen in Thuringia, which was evacuated on account of flooding, can now return to their properties. Mayor Matthias Marquardt stated he lifted the evacuation order within the morning. After the ability provide and wastewater disposal have been working once more, the explanations for the evacuation not existed.

Windehausen was flooded at Christmas by meltwater from the Zorge River and groundwater that had been pushed upwards. According to the mayor, the water was round 70 centimeters excessive on the streets on the primary vacation. 400 of the five hundred residents adopted the decision to voluntarily evacuate.

There are nonetheless no indicators of an entire easing of the flood state of affairs. According to meteorologist Marcel Schmid from the German Weather Service (DWD), not as a lot rain is anticipated within the subsequent few days as round Christmas. “However, every drop is actually one too many.” It might all the time rain on Friday – particularly within the space round Harz, Bergisches Land, Sauerland and Siegerland.