Montag, 3. Juni 2013

Finnish lake district in Southern Germany?

More than two days of continual and heavy rains are behind us.
Sunday morning the rainfall stopped in the region where I live.

The rain raised the water levels of our local brooks, creeks and rivers continuously, so that they passed over their beds and flooded the land around.

During a short rain break on Saturday afternoon we made a trip through the valley of the Tauber,
our small local river.

In the hometown of my parents I had to check if the water penetrated into the basement of my parent's house, but fortunately everything was OK. But many houses close to the river had less luck and needed the support of the volunteer fire brigade to pump out their cellars.

Our little river Tauber, whose bed has a normel width of 8 - 15 meters, now looked like a lake district with a width of up to 500 meters in some places.

But all in all our region wasn't in such a hard luck like many regions in the south and southeast of Germany, in Austria and in Czech Republic.

There they have a once-in-a-five-hundred-years flood and that's a real desaster for hundreds of thousands of people after they already had a flood of the century in 2002.

Driving back to my hometown we took photos of some flooded allotment gardens, where the strawberries or the flowers looked like little islands within a sea of brown water.

Back in Bad Mergentheim, we checked the flood mark at the Wolfgangsbrücke,
the bridge of Saint Wolfgang.

Here the situation was tensed, but not too critically.

Even without stop sigh no cyclist had the with to follow the bikeway.


  1. Floods are very common here were I live. Rivers are so full at springtime when snow is melting. It's crazy. Well our home is far away from rivers..

  2. Ouch, Uwe!
    German cities are very prepared to deal with floods, but the force of nature, specially around river banks, cant be controlled...
    I will blow the sun from here. In a couple of days it will arrive in rainy Germany to bring all of you sunny and warm days!
    P.S.: poor little strawberries and flowers :(

  3. I like the way how you developed this post about flooding. Rainy season set in at the end of May in Japan. Usually I see the scenes of city street turning into muddy rives on TV news, but we are experiencing a dry rainy season. If we don’t have enough rain at this time of year, we’d be troubled with water shortage in August. Flooding of drought, isn’t there other better choice? Anyway, it was a good news you and your family didn’t get damages.


  4. Wie ist die Situation im Moment? Verfolge die Nachrichten und kann mir kaum vorstellen was es für die Menschen in den Überflutungsgebieten heisst.Hoffe bei Dir ist alles ok?!