Flooded streets and stranded boats: A storm hit parts of northern Germany on Friday. The British Isles are also affected by the forces of nature.
Landing on the German Baltic coast: Many streets and bank areas were flooded on Friday due to storm surge. In some places large embankments and in others sandbags were stacked against the rising water. For the Flensburger Frde in Schleswig-Holstein, the Federal Maritime and Hydrographic Agency expected the water level to be the highest in more than a hundred years.
The federal office warned of a “dangerous situation for the entire coast” in general, which was expected to last until Saturday morning. A severe storm surge was expected along the Baltic Sea coast in Schleswig-Holstein with a water level of more than 1.50 meters above the mean water level, and even up to two meters for Flensburg Frde. In Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania, water levels are forecast to be up to 1.50 meters above average.
Storm waves are driven by strong winds that push water along the shore. The German Weather Service (DWD) has also issued a storm warning for the coast. Ben was expected to travel at a speed of one hundred kilometers per hour. According to the DWD, the storm and storm surge were fueled by strong differences in high pressure, low over Western Europe and pronounced over Scandinavia. Severe weather warnings were also in place for Sweden, Denmark and British Scotland.
Three people have died in Great Britain
2 dead in Scotland after severe flooding According to the police, a 57-year-old woman was swept away in the river and only to be found dead. A 56-year-old woman died after driving her car into a tree. One person died after flooding in Cleobury Mortimer, England.
The effects of the storm were felt as far as central and southern England, where heavy rain and strong winds caused significant disruption to train services.
In Flensburg, a police spokesman said water had already pushed into the streets at the harbor on the edge of the city center on Friday morning. Eventually, additional streets in the city were closed to cars, especially near the water. It also affected the town of Elbeck, which reported “multiple floods around the old town”. Police, fire brigade and aid agencies were deployed there with heavy security.
30,000 sandbags in Schleswig-Flensburg
In the Schleswig-Flensburg district, about 30,000 sandbags were distributed to municipalities and communities on Friday afternoon, according to officials, and another 40,000 will be available if needed. Also in Keel, many streets were closed due to flooding and floodgates were closed. Police also recorded storm activity as trees fell.
Officials urged people to avoid affected areas and move cars to safer places. Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania’s Environment Minister Till Backhaus (SPD) warned that high tides would particularly affect dunes and steep beaches in coastal areas such as southern Rügen and Eustom Island. These areas should be avoided “urgently” because of the life-threatening danger.
The technical relief system builds flood protection walls
On the island of Fehmarn, the German Society for the Rescue of Shipwrecked People reported that sea rescuers brought ten holidaymakers to shore on Friday from boats. Ferry company Scandlines temporarily suspended traffic on routes between Putgarden and RTP in Denmark and Rostock and Ketser in Denmark.
Meanwhile, the Federal Agency for Technical Relief (THW) is preparing for several measures due to the storm surge, for example building dikes, causeways or flood protection walls.
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