Flooding in Germany

Hochwasser June 2013 – some areas in Germany are experiencing the worst flooding ever. Many homes had to get evacuated, farmers fear for their livelihood, and rebuilding will be a heavy toll on the country.

Just yesterday, we had a sunny day in between. After weeks and weeks of rain, I had the chance to air out the bedding. At the same time, I let our daughter’s bears enjoy a bit of the sunshine too.

bears in the sun

This only lasted for a day. We are back to heavy rains, a monstrous thunder storm had just rolled through Hesse (otherwise, unaffected by the flooding) and in some places in Germany, water levels are still rising.  One dam just burst near Madgeburg where the Sahle river and Elbe river meet.

Rain, rain, everywhere.

rainy grass

Germany Battles Rising Rivers and Toxic Tanker

Continuous rain and melting snow are playing havoc on Germany’s rivers. Ice breakers go back and forth on the Elbe river, landmarks such as the  famous Deutschland Eck (Germany corner) monument to German Emporer Wilhelm 1,  are flooded, and river towns are in constant battle with the mighty flow of water.

In spite of  the article Flooding in Germany (with photo gallery) having been posted on Monday, 10 January, the situation remains the same.

Some experts predict the worst is yet to come by this weekend.

…which could have easily happened this morning as a sulfuric acid tanker capsized on the Rhine, but fortunately, there are no indications that the ship is leaking. The accident happened near the picturesque Lorelei rock, which sits on the eastern bank of the Rhine river.  The narrow bend in the river near the Lorelei rock is notorious for its strong currents and rocky bottom.

Lorelei, the mythical mermaid,  lured fishermen to their deaths by singing the most beautiful song ever heard and causing them to crash on the rocks in the riverbed.

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