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Flood waters spread in Northern Germany – next 24 hrs will tell if Berlin has a problem or not

August 10th, 2010

 

Berlin 10-08-2010

High flood levels have been receding in the state of Saxony – with the cities Leipzig and Dresden –  but now officials in more northerly Brandenburg and Berlin have been put on alert as the flooding waters progress northward.

 

The high water levels that now threaten Brandenburg and Berlin follow   days of rain with concomitant flooding in central Europe which included the breaking of a dam in Poland.

Widespread damage and at least 11 deaths have been recorded in the Czech Republic, Germany and Poland. Three people died last weekend in the Saxon city of Chemnitz, after they were trapped in a cellar by rapidly rising water.

 

Regions around the German-Polish border area were also preparing for the worst as high water levels along the Neisse river pushed northwards towards Brandenburg, Berlin and the Spree River.

The River ‘Spree’, which is the major waterway in Berlin, is expected to exceed its highest point today and could possibly pour over its banks.

The River ‘Spree’, which is the major waterway in Berlin, is expected to exceed its highest point today and could possibly pour over its banks.

The Neisse river – which is also the border between Poland and Germany – later put the states of Saxony and Brandenburg on flood alert after reaching record high levels.

Swollen by heavy rainfall, the Neisse broke through two dikes and flooded villages near the town of Bad Muskau in eastern Saxony and the  Fuerst Pueckler Park – a UNESCO World Heritage site – was partially flooded.

Water levels have now started to recede slightly in Saxony, but the floods are now moving northward, -reaching the Spree River later today in the state of Brandenburg, which surrounds Berlin.

While in no way as catastrophic as the present situation in parts of Pakistan, this flooding in Northern Europe shows that even in the well organized infrastructure of the industrialized world, weather can still wreak instant cataclysmic havoc.

The last flooding in Berlin was in the time of the DDR in the mid 80’s when some slight damage was recorded -there were no injuries or deaths nor was any major buildings were effected.

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