Dhe heavy rain in many places of the past few days continues in large parts of Germany until at least the middle of the week. The German Weather Service (DWD) expects continuous rain, especially in the south and west. Up to 40 liters of rain per square meter fall there from Sunday to Wednesday, and up to 60 liters from the Saarland to the Upper Rhine and in the Allgäu. In the middle and north, the rain turns into snow. “The water levels on the rivers remain at a high level,” said a DWD meteorologist on Saturday in Offenbach.
In the past three days, according to the DWD, up to 50 liters of rain fell per square meter in the south, west and middle. In Central and Eastern Hesse, the Eifel, the Black Forest and the Allgäu, it was 50 to 90 liters. Together with the melting of the snow up to the high altitude of the mountains, this led to floods in many places.
Man rescued from the floods near Karlsruhe
High water levels in the southwest caused the roads to be flooded and hindered shipping. A 35-year-old man was surprised by the flood on Friday evening on the banks of the Rhine in Eggenstein-Leopoldshafen (Karlsruhe district), the police said. The man was up to his waist in the water, could no longer free himself in the dark and called for help with his cell phone. Rescue workers from the German Life Saving Society (DLRG), fire brigade and water police were on duty with a helicopter and two boats and were able to get the 35-year-old unharmed into the dry. It was initially unclear whether the homeless man had been surprised by the water in his sleep.
Only a few kilometers upstream, shipping on the Rhine was stopped near Karlsruhe. According to the flood forecast center (HVZ) Baden-Württemberg, the water level of 7.5 meters was exceeded on Saturday night at the Maxau gauge. On Saturday morning the Rhine had a water level of more than 8 meters. The experts expect the water in Maxau to rise to 8.30 meters by Saturday evening.
In addition, the thaw until Saturday morning had caused widespread high water levels, especially in the south of Baden-Württemberg. According to the HVZ, the levels in many places rose to a range that, statistically speaking, is reached once every two years. In Meckenbeuren in the Lake Constance district, the Schussen rose to almost 4.50 meters, a water level that, on a statistical average, only occurs every 20 to 50 years.
The police reported of numerous flooded roads on Lake Constance and in Upper Swabia. The places Friedrichshafen, Salem, Deggenhausertal and Meersburg are particularly affected. In Bad Wurzach, a section of the federal highway 465 was completely closed.
Bavaria is also preparing for floods
The Danube floods in Bavaria. The cities of Regensburg, Straubing, Deggendorf and Passau are therefore preparing for possible floods. Major flooding in the villages was not initially expected. However, the Bavarian flood intelligence service warned: “For the Danube forecast, the further development of the tributaries remains to be seen.”
In addition, people in Bavaria have to reckon with slippery roads in some areas at the weekend. The rain is increasingly turning into snow, said the German Weather Service. Squalls were also announced. There was a storm warning for the edge of the Alps. By Sunday, the amount of water due to rain and melting snow should add up to 100 to 180 liters per square meter.
On Friday, small streams and rivers were already overflowing in many regions. In particular in Lower and Central Franconia there were floods. Flood warning levels one and two were often reached. With such floods, however, mostly only fields or roads are flooded. Occasionally, however, the water also rose above level three or occasionally even above the highest level four.