Flood: crater is eating its way up to village – BILD reporter in Blessem


There are incredible pictures of the flood disaster in North Rhine-Westphalia: A huge pit is eating its way up to a village. The first row of houses is in ruins, cars and concrete pipes of the sewer system sink into the mud, the water rises at the bottom of the crater.

Erftstadt-Blessem, the village on the edge.

BILD reporter Tim Specks was able to get an idea of ​​the destruction at the edge of the demolition. The road has broken away, it goes down many meters. “We can’t move any further, the roadway at the edge of the demolition is hollowed out two to three meters.”

The catastrophe is far from over. The crater stretches like a new reservoir from the gravel works nearby to the outskirts. More and more earth is breaking off from the fields, sinking into the depths. The big worry in Blessem: Will the ground hold up or will the flood disaster get more houses?



The catastrophe in Erftstadt-Blessem begins: gigantic masses of water wash a crater into the ground between the gravel works in the background and the village. The houses on the left side of the picture are still standing – but they will crashPhoto: Rhein-Erft-Kreis / dpa


A photo from the air shows the village on the abyss: More and more earth is breaking off, sagging into the crater - frightening.  In the direction of the upper edge of the picture it is only a few meters to the houses, i

A photo from the air shows the village on the abyss: More and more earth is breaking off, sagging into the crater – frightening. In the direction of the upper edge of the picture there are only a few meters to the houses that will not make itPhoto: Rhein-Erft-Kreis / AP


Incredible destruction: The crater has eaten the houses on the edge of the field, the road behind it has been torn open, a sewer pipe is exposed, concrete parts and cars have crashed.  The BILD video ent

Incredible destruction: the crater has eaten the houses on the edge of the field, the road behind it has been torn open, a sewer pipe is exposed, concrete parts and cars have crashed. The BILD video was created at the edge of the demolition in the street that was already washed away on the left edge of the picturePhoto: SEBASTIEN BOZON / AFP


The flood has receded, but the anxious questions remain: How stable is the ground?  What damage did the houses that are still standing take?  How much does the crater get?

The flood has receded, but the anxious questions remain: How stable is the ground? What damage did the houses that are still standing take? How much does the crater get?Photo: STRINGER / REUTERS


On the other side of the crater: BILD reporter Tim Speck in Blessem

On the other side of the crater: BILD reporter Tim Specks in BlessemPhoto: BILD TV

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