Flood disaster in Germany: Villages, cities flooded! Bundeswehr in action!


Deep “Bernd” brings storm chaos to many parts of Germany. The situation in North Rhine-Westphalia is particularly devastating!

► The small town of Altena mourns the loss of one of its hero firefighters! The 46-year-old had pulled a man out of the floods together with colleagues and saved his life. Tragic: When getting into the emergency vehicle, the firefighter himself fell into the water and drifted away!

A little later, his colleagues were only able to rescue him dead.



The heavy rain caused a landslide right next to the fire station (right) in Altena. One of the firefighters drowned after rescuing a resident from the hallwaysPhoto: Markus Klümper / dpa


The firefighter probably came from this station

The firefighter probably came from this stationPhoto: Markus Klümper / dpa

Another firefighter was killed in the Märkischer Kreis in the evening! “The 52-year-old collapsed during an operation. He died despite resuscitation and relief measures, ”said the police.

The situation is still “extremely dangerous”. The appeal: “Stay at home!”

Retirement home must be evacuated

► The threatened flooding tore the residents of the Martha Müller senior center in Hagen (North Rhine-Westphalia) out of their sleep!

The 76 residents of the Hagen home had to be woken up by the nursing staff on Wednesday night and taken to the dining room for safety.


Yesterday morning the Martha Müller senior center in Hagen (North Rhine-Westphalia) was evacuated and the 76 residents were housed in other homes and clinics - as the basement and some entrances were blocked by the water

Yesterday morning the Martha Müller senior center in Hagen (North Rhine-Westphalia) was evacuated and the 76 residents were housed in other homes and clinics – as the basement and some entrances were blocked from the water, the helpers had to carry the residents outside in cloths over stairsPhoto: Dieter Menne / dpa

AWO home manager Michael Hannemann (52): “In the time between the first call and my arrival at the home, the basement of the facility was already full to the ceiling.” Up to 211 liters of rain came down here per square meter.


Record high water: Storm low

Record high water: Storm low “Bernd” caused the mega-floods in HagenPhoto: INA FASSBENDER / AFP

“We then had to find vacancies in homes nearby in the middle of the night,” says Hannemann. When the house will be habitable again – unclear.

On Wednesday evening the Bundeswehr arrived in Hagen with clearing tanks! Goal: clear the rubble from the streets.

Mayor Erik O. Schultz broke off his vacation on Sylt and set off for Hagen. A city spokesman for BILD: “He is shocked by the situation.”

NRW Prime Minister Armin Laschet (60) also wants to get an idea of ​​the situation in Hagen on Thursday.


Hagen: The Bundeswehr arrived in a heavy truck for the relief mission

Hagen: The Bundeswehr arrived in a heavy truck for the relief missionPhoto: Alex Talash

Only 50 kilometers away in Mettmann, a tree fell on the employee of a retirement home. She was in the process of piling up sandbags at the house. Dramatic: Because she was trapped, a helper kept her head above water and saved her life!

► In addition to North Rhine-Westphalia, Saxony, Upper Franconia and Baden-Württemberg were also inundated by heavy rain. There were many accidents and fire-fighting operations.

Policeman swept away by the floods

Family man and policeman Andreas G. (53) from Jöhstadt (Saxony) has been missing since the storm! He wanted to protect his property from the floods of the flooded Steinbach on Tuesday evening when he was carried away. Yesterday the rescuers stretched steel cables over the water in the area so that Andreas G. can grab them in an emergency.


The rescue workers in the Ore Mountains stretched ropes over the surface of the water - this is where policeman Andreas G. fell into the floods

The rescue workers in the Ore Mountains stretched ropes over the surface of the water – this is where policeman Andreas G. fell into the floodsPhoto: Andre März / dpa

Danger to life in Radevormwald! Because of extreme rainfall, large amounts of water have to be drained from the Wupper dam. Problem: This will cause the river level around Radevormwald to swell very strongly.

From the rescue control center of the Oberbergischer Kreis it says: “There is an acute danger of flooding. Under no circumstances should you go near the river. There is danger to life! “

Why is the storm raging so violently?

“The special thing is that we are talking about standing weather. That means: The low pressure area is moving eastwards at a snail’s pace and this is how these large amounts of rain come about in one place, ”explains weather expert Karsten Brandt from the“ Donnerwetter.de ”portal.

North Rhine-Westphalia Interior Minister Herbert Reul (68, CDU) spoke of an “extremely difficult situation” in some regions of the state. “The further development cannot be foreseen with certainty at the moment.”


A BILD reader reporter photographed a completely flooded parking lot in Freiberg (Saxony)

A BILD reader reporter photographed a completely flooded parking lot in Freiberg (Saxony)Photo: 1414 reader reporter

Deep “Bernd” is said to be raging, sometimes violently, in the coming days. Then the Rhineland around Cologne and Düsseldorf, Saarland and Hesse will be affected.

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