Those affected tell – these are Germany’s forgotten flood fates


Bad Neuenahr-Ahrweiler – It was probably the most emotional regular readers’ table in BILD history!

Several weeks after the flood disaster, BILD invited those affected, helpers and heroes of the flood to the popular Eifelstube in Ahrweiler. The cult pub, where it was hard to get a table on the weekends before the flood, was hit hard by the flood and surprised. The BILD reporters were also surprised that evening by the stories that the people in the floodplains were being left in the lurch. No gas until March 2022, warm water only at the end of 2021 and little help from the authorities with the reconstruction. There was a lot of anger, despair and also disappointment in the conversations.



The hostess of the evening! Manuela Schumacher (56), owner of the “Eifelstube”. The popular restaurant in the Ahrweiler district was hit hard by the flood. The landlady rebuilt the restaurant for one evening with BILDPhoto: Patric Fouad

Read the moving stories here:

“It cannot be that this country does not have 10,000 construction dryers”


Michael Rödder (53, building contractor) still procures construction machinery and tools and brings them to the flood area. His exciting topic: “It can't be in a country as rich as Deut

Michael Rödder (53, building contractor) still procures construction machinery and tools and brings them to the flood area. His exciting topic: “It can’t be that in a rich country like Germany there aren’t enough building dryers for the people in the Ahr valley, none Nails, no tools there. In my estimation, at least 10,000 building dryers are missing to be able to protect the houses to some extent until the frost. There is a risk that even the slightly damaged buildings will become uninhabitable! “Photo: Patric Fouad

“The flood victims have no contact point”


Nadia Ayche (46) from Karlsruhe used to sing in the pop band Mr. President (“CocoJambo”), but has now brought the association “Einfachmachen” into being.  The singer: “I've been helping the flood victims since day 1.  The Me

Nadia Ayche (46) from Karlsruhe used to sing in the pop band Mr. President (“CocoJambo”), but has now brought the association “Einfachmachen” into being. The singer: “I’ve been helping the flood victims since day 1. Unfortunately, the people have no other contact point for both authorities. “Photo: Patric Fouad

“No authority pays veterinarian costs”


Klaudia Skodnik (41) from Bad Homburg is a horse and dog therapist and author.  Your actual work is currently suspended.  For eight weeks she has only slept three hours at night and drives to the Ahrta every day

Klaudia Skodnik (41) from Bad Homburg is a horse and dog therapist and author. Your actual work is currently suspended. For eight weeks she has only slept for three hours at night and drives to the Ahr Valley every day to help animals and people: “We sometimes stood in this thick mud, in this soup made of blood, dead and feces, where we pulled out the corpses of animals and people . Today we help forgotten pet owners. They have high veterinary costs that are not covered by any authority! Many cats and dogs are contaminated by the poisonous mud and lead poisoning. We collect the money because the owners don’t have one to treat their darlings. ”Photo: Patric Fouad

“No school bus takes our child to school”


Nina Holland (44) and father Jakob Creeten (66) care about the fate of their daughter and granddaughter.  Nina: “She attended school in Bad Neuenahr-Ahrweiler until the flood.  Today she has to go to M

Nina Holland (44) and father Jakob Creeten (66) care about the fate of their daughter and granddaughter. Nina: “She attended school in Bad Neuenahr-Ahrweiler until the flood. Today she has to drive as far as Mayen: Instead of twelve kilometers, it is now 40 kilometers each way. ” The authority does not provide a school bus. “That means up to two hours of travel on public transport each way, because working parents cannot simply offer a transport service,” Nina continues indignantly.Photo: Patric Fouad

“Authorities think that with my construction aid I am competing with retailers”


Tense listeners in the “Eifelstube” in Bad Neuenahr-Ahrweiler, which was specially prepared for the regulars' table: Fluthelfer Simone and Michael Rödder (from left) drive from their home in the West almost every day

Tense listeners in the “Eifelstube” in Bad Neuenahr-Ahrweiler, specially prepared for the regulars’ table: Fluthelfer Simone and Michael Rödder (from left) drive from their home in the West Forest to the Ahr Valley almost every day. Petra and Jakob Zmudczynski from Berg (Pfalz) distributed more than 2000 meals to helpers and those affected. Erwin Kessel knows the plight of the residents and has been the mayor of Berg for 31 years. At Matthias Viehfeger from Ahrweiler, the underground car park and cellar filled up with the floodPhoto: Patric Fouad


Wilhelm Hartmann (48), horticultural entrepreneur from Fulda, built a container village for 80 people, plus a huge building material tent for several hundred thousand euros, mostly at his own expense: “Rückm

Wilhelm Hartmann (48), a horticultural entrepreneur from Fulda, built a container village for 80 people, plus a huge building material tent for several hundred thousand euros, mostly at his own expense: “So far I have not received any feedback from the authorities as to whether I will get financial help. On the contrary: I am accused of competing with local retailers. “Photo: Patric Fouad

“Craftsmen are now asking exorbitant prices”


Claudia Kessel-Schwammkrug (57) from Bad Neuenahr-Ahrweiler lost her women's clothing store “C'est Madame” (damage 500,000 euros): “So far there has only been a few thousand euros in emergency aid.  I have this

Claudia Kessel-Schwammkrug (57) from Bad Neuenahr-Ahrweiler lost her women’s clothing store “C’est Madame” (damage 500,000 euros): “So far there has only been a few thousand euros in emergency aid. I ran the business with my mother for 40 years, it was our life’s work. The big problem now with the reconstruction: the craftsmen are charging exorbitant prices. For two chipboards, as a replacement for a broken pane of glass, one asked 690 euros! It is unbelievable that some of them want to enrich themselves now. “Photo: Patric Fouad

“Electricity is laid faster at a fair”


Not insured: Carmen Peitz-von den Eichen (56, retail saleswoman) from Ahrweiler has flood damage of 40,000 euros, but no natural hazard insurance.  You're not doing the financial S

Not insured: Carmen Peitz-von den Eichen (56, retail saleswoman) from Ahrweiler has flood damage of 40,000 euros, but no natural hazard insurance. It is not the financial damage that gives her a headache, but the madness of the authorities: “At a fair, electricity and gas lines are laid faster than here in the flood area. Why is this taking so long?”Photo: Patric Fouad

“We helpers are slowed down by the DRK”


Rosa Chtioui (48, artist promoter) has already organized 25 tons of relief supplies (including school bags) and distributed warm meals: “I spent 27 days with local residents more than 2,000 fri

Rosa Chtioui (48, artist promoter) has already organized 25 tons of relief supplies (including school bags) and distributed warm meals: “I spent 27 days with local residents, serving more than 2000 freshly cooked meals to flood victims and heroes in Altenburg Place grilled sausages. “What makes the helper angry:” We’re being slowed down everywhere. Especially from the DRK. I was even supposed to have been given a ban because I had unloaded donations until late at night. “Photo: Peter Mueller

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