Extreme rainfall hit many parts of Germany on Saturday. The East German state Saxony experienced more than 100 liters of precipitation a square meter in less than 24 hours. This caused flooding. Bavaria’s Oberbayern region was also affected. According to emergency services, it is a dire situation. It is not known if the flooding caused two deaths.
Saxon Switzerland, a popular tourist destination in the hills of Saxony near Dresden is currently under water. On Saturday night, the local authorities declared that many places were no longer accessible. Neustadt, Sebnitz and Bad Schandau were among those most affected. Reinhardtsdorf Schoena, Reinhardtsdorf Schoena, Gohrisch, and Reinhardtsdorf Schoena were also listed as being inaccessible. The public is advised not to use underground garages or the metro. The railway line between Bad Schandau and the Czech Dečin is closed. “The situation is tense and manageable,” stated the crisis center in the interior ministry.
The state flood control center reports that alert level 4 was exceeded by the river Polenz, near Neustadt. The rivers Kirnitzsch, Sebnitz and Lachsbach are experiencing “extreme water level rise.” “Severe flooding is to be expected,” a government agency said on Saturday evening. Aid workers have been called out more than 250 times since Saturday afternoon.
Oberbayern was also hard hit. Since Saturday evening, evacuated homes, landslides have occurred, as well as flooded streets, submerged basements and landslides. The fire brigade’s busy. According to the emergency services, Traunstein is in a “dramatic” situation.
Berchtesgaden (in the south) and Bischofswiesen (near the Austria border) have been especially hard hit. The Ache water level rises rapidly as the water flows from mountains. Some houses have been evacuated. It is advised that people stay in their homes and avoid the streets. Due to landslides, several smaller highways were closed or flooded.