AAgain and again, violent storms and especially heavy rains have caused chaos in parts of Germany. In Frankfurt alone, more than 600 operations were reported within two hours on Tuesday evening, the fire brigade announced on Tuesday evening.
The heavy rainfall with precipitation of up to 45 liters / sqm in a very short time would have led to full basements and garages, flooded underpasses and passageways. Accordingly, the rain flooded the roadways. As a result, manhole covers were pushed up in many places and restricted the flow of traffic. Trains and buses have also come to a standstill in some parts of the city.
Heavy storms also affected rail traffic in Bavaria on Tuesday. In Landshut, parts of the city had water in the streets and torrents came down. Numerous trees fell and cellars overflowed. The Landshut fire brigade received more than 600 emergency calls, as a spokesman for the integrated control center said on Tuesday evening. There were initially no reports of injured people from all over Bavaria.
At the kick-off of the European Championship soccer game Germany against England, thick clouds with heavy rain, lightning and thunder had moved over the city, said a police spokesman. Torrents formed on the streets, cars were washed away, water gushed out of the manhole covers, which the sewer system could no longer absorb. Trees fell, cellars overflowed, the water damaged power boxes and oil tanks, as Mirko Olzem from the integrated control center said. According to initial findings, nobody was injured. “That was a storm that only happens every five to ten years,” he added.
Up to 30 liters of precipitation per hour
A spokeswoman for the German Weather Service (DWD) confirmed on Wednesday morning that the heavy rain in particular had hit some regions of Germany severely. At times, around 30 liters of precipitation per hour pelted the streets. The storms, which initially hit Bavaria, then moved north in the early morning hours of Wednesday.
This also applies to the North Rhine-Westphalian city of Bochum. According to the fire brigade, it rained so heavily from Tuesday evening that the water was up to the ceiling in some cellars.
In Krefeld, the heavy rain also led to cellars, streets and underground garages being flooded, as the fire brigade announced on Wednesday morning. A person there also suffered a broken bone due to a fall due to the mass of water. By 2 a.m., more than 2000 calls had already been received in the control center of the Krefeld fire brigade, including more than 800 emergency calls. Several callers reported that their vehicles were stuck in flooded underpasses, but also on the open road in the masses of water, and that they were no longer able to get out of the vehicles on their own.