Well, how to write this post? First and foremost: I’m fine, in case anybody was worried, I thankfully live about 100 to 300km away from where this is happening. I don’t know about or other German regulars. If you see this, please check in.
Maybe you heard it on the news, but the Southwest of Germany is currently experiencing extreme flooding. So extreme that even the climate scientists who expected something like this to happen are shocked by its scale. The effects are dramatic. There are over 100 confirmed deaths so far, with thousands still being unaccounted for, though authorities are hoping that they’ve been merely cut off.
The worst happened in two states: Rhineland Palatine and Northrhine Westphalia. In Rhineland Palatine the river Ahr, usually a small meandering river that runs between vinyards, has swollen dramatically. The catastrophe there isn’t a result of sealing large parts of the ground or straightening the river. That region is usually one of those brother Grimm fairy tale landscapes: middle high mountains with wine on the slopes, forests ion the heights, a castle at the top, and a nice medieval town in the valley. After weeks and weeks of heavy rain, the ground was soaked and couldn’t take any water anymore. It all rushed down into the Ahr. And now there are places that basically no longer extist.
— Nofretüte 😷 💉 (@FrauDinktoc) July 15, 2021
Description: muddy brown water with half a bridge. The other half has been destroyed .
Die aktuelle Lage in #Dernau an der #Ahr. Das Wasser sinkt langsam. Ungeheure Zerstörung überall. Helikopter retten Menschen von Dächern. Wo es schon geht heißt es jetzt #ärmelhoch und los. #Hochwasser #Ahrtal pic.twitter.com/OSwJmxkgBd
— David Sauer (@DavSauer) July 15, 2021
Description: Pictures of the town Dernau. You can see the muddy brown water in the whole town.
In Northrhine Westphalia it was flooded dams that could no longer hold the water. They tried to prevent the worst by causing smaller floods beforehand, but no avail. The Wupper, usually a small river, flooded town and completely destroyed neighbourhoods.
— Mario Sixtus 🇭🇰 (@sixtus) July 14, 2021
Description: cars buried to the windshield in rubble and water
I’ll spare you my thoughts on our politicians, climate change and so on. I’m preaching to the choir anyway.