In parts of Germany it will be stormy at the weekend. Floods can also occur regionally. According to the German Weather Service (DWD), 30 to 40 liters of precipitation per square meter will fall in the congested areas of the western and central low mountain ranges and the Black Forest by Sunday noon, in some places by 50 liters per square meter within 18 to 24 hours. The continuous rain then subsided in the course of the morning, in the Black Forest only in the afternoon.
For some areas in North Rhine-Westphalia, the DWD issued a severe weather warning on Saturday due to persistent rain. It was initially pronounced for the Ennepe-Ruhr district, Olpe district, the Märkisch district, Oberberg district, the city of Remscheid and the city of Wuppertal until Sunday morning. The rain is accompanied by strong to stormy winds in NRW. A spokesman for the State Office for Nature, Environment and Consumer Protection (Lanuv) said that the rain could, given the “saturated soil”, cause the water levels in the affected catchment areas of the Ruhr, Wupper and Sieg to rise again after a temporary relaxation.
In Hesse, further rainfall on Sunday could selectively reach the highest flood notification level. A spokeswoman for the Hessian State Agency for Nature Conservation, Environment and Geology (HLNUG) said on Saturday that level 3 was possible at the Marburg and Gießen-Klärwerk levels: “Due to the continuous rain and the moisture penetration of the soil, this second flood wave could be higher overall than the first .” From reporting level 3, towns and villages are surrounded by flooding, roads are impassable.
Motorists on the road flooded road
There was flooding in the Hessian Lahn area on Saturday. In Heuchelheim near Gießen, volunteer firefighters rescued two drivers with their vehicles from a flooded street. The area in the Heuchelheim community was clearly closed, said a spokesman for the emergency services. Nevertheless, the drivers drove into the area and then stayed with the vehicles. The rescuers then approached with a Unimog and pulled the vehicles out of the water. Nobody was injured in the incident.
After heavy continuous rain in the past few days, the rivers in northern Bavaria have also swollen considerably. On the upper Main, the flood notification levels 1 and 2 were occasionally exceeded, the flood news service Bavaria said on Saturday (as of 10 a.m.). The districts of Coburg, Kronach and Lichtenfels are particularly affected. Individual built-up areas could also be flooded here. Even smaller bodies of water without a warning level could overflow their banks here. According to information from the Bavarian State Office for the Environment, there can also be high water levels and light flooding in northern Lower Franconia and Upper Franconia, for example in the Aschaffenburg area, in Bad Kissingen or around Bayreuth.
In the course of Sunday, the Rügen should withdraw. But it will probably remain uncomfortable: “Tomorrow, Sunday, will be dominated by storm “Frederic”,” said a spokesman for the German Weather Service (DWD) in Offenbach on Saturday. According to the forecast, there should be the first gusts of wind on the North Sea.