Germany’s flood zones spared severe storms on Saturday

Germany's flood zones spared severe storms on Saturday
A member of the German armed forces Bundeswehr walks past a destroyed building along the destroyed B267 federal highway between Rech and Mayschoss, near the municipality of Mayschoss in the district of Ahrweiler, western Germany, on July 23rd, 2021, a week after heavy rain and floods caused major damage in the Ahr region. Christof STACHE / AFP
Despite heavy rain, the areas worst affected by last week's catastrophic flooding were spared severe storms on Saturday. However, the situation remains tense with further bad weather forecast for Sunday.

Some parts of the southern states of Bavaria and Baden-Württemberg were hit by storms, hail and heavy rain on Saturday.

In Allgäu in Bavaria, the fire brigade were mobilised several times because of fallen trees and swamped cellars, according to Bavarian radio station BR24, although the situation eased quickly. 

And in Baden-Württemberg, there was flooding at the main station in Stuttgart because the water couldn’t drain quickly enough while some streets in Heilbronn were flooded.

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However, according to a report by southwest German broadcaster SWR, there was no major damage.

In the west of the country, the fire brigade reported a quiet night in the flood areas in Rhineland-Palatinate and North Rhine Westphalia.

The situation remains tense, however, with local thunderstorms forecast in some parts of Germany from midday on Sunday — most likely south of the Danube.

Further heavy rain and hail were also possible again, according to the German Weather Service (DWD), which publishes storm warnings.

READ ALSO: WEATHER: German flood zones at risk of further storms

The latest storms came just days after parts of the country were hit by devastating floods after torrential rains that ravaged entire villages and left 180 people dead, hundreds injured and with many still missing.

The flooding also caused damage in Belgium, where 37 people died, Luxembourg, the Netherlands and Switzerland.


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