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What Do Experts Say about Germany Flood Preparedness?

July 9, 2024 | Created by: Andreas Klippe | Comments

Relentless rain caused Stadion der Freundschaft, football stadium submerged under water in August 2002. Photo by Bjoern Rank/ dpa.

Did something go wrong with the warning system? Did the warnings of dangerous floods get through to people? Did Germany fail to prepare against the coming downpour and flooding in July despite the early warnings? Due to the increasing number of deaths and other aftereffects, such questions were raised, and experts expressed their thinking, especially in regard to Germany flood preparedness.

Experts React on Germany Flood Preparedness

Judgments on Germany flood preparedness came, not only from abroad, but also from inside Germany. 

July floods hit the German town of Erftstadt-Blessem. Photo by EPA/Rhein-Erft-Kreis

Professor Hannah Cloke, who provides guidance to a program that gives early warnings of threatening floods, European Flood Awareness System, said that alerts were issued to authorities in Europe on July 18, 2021. 

“There were alerts going out… saying there’s some very serious rain and floods coming: be aware. It’s then for the national authorities to take that information and go with it.”

  • Professor Hannah Cloke

The spokesperson of Deutscher Wetterdienst, the German Meteorological Service, said that several alerts about heavy rainfall were issued. He also said that it’s the responsibility of other authorities to decide on what measures to take.

Cars got submerged in floodwater after a record rainfall that hit Germany and The Netherlands, in August 2021. Photo by Patrick van Katwijk/BSR Agency/Getty.

There were places where the early warnings got through to people, and there were places where people didn’t know what was about to happen. 

“I think people are really not aware that weather can actually be deadly.”

  • Friederike Otto, associate director of the Environmental Change Institute at the University of Oxford 

“Where did all this rain come from? It’s crazy. [The floodwater] made such a loud noise, and given how fast it came down, we thought it would break the door down.” 

  • Pensioner Annemarie Mueller 

Because of this unawareness of some people, Prof. Cloke said that forecasters and authorities had to improve their issuance of warnings of dangerous floods. 

 “Every life lost, and to a lesser extent, every car seen floating down a street, is testament to a failure of action. Buildings cannot move, but people can, and things like cars can be put out of harm’s way. I believe more clear communication, not less, is likely to be part of the answer to improving the whole system of flood preparedness in the future, particularly in a world where climate change is making events more extreme.”

  • Professor Hannah Cloke

Actually, Federal Minister of the Interior Horst Seehofer said in 2021 that climate change had something to do with the devastating downpours and flooding, and he said that from now on, Germany…

“…must prepare much better…” 

Warned or not, unaware or not, dangerous floods may occur anytime, anywhere, and may worsen due to climate change. Hence, at our available time, better yet, NOW, why don’t we start preparing for the worst? 

The floods left a regional train in the German municipality of Kordel half submerged. Photo by AP Sebastian Schmitt/DPA.

Although this 2021 flooding is the most severe calamity in Germany after almost four decades with 157 fatalities, worse than it could happen. Thus, let’s not wait for a warning of flooding anymore, and do some preparation as easy as ABC but effective, certainly!

Simple Preparation for an Effective Solution 

In the face of impending storms, the conventional approach to flood defense through methods like sandbag deployment is undeniably burdensome and often procrastinated until the last minute. But let’s ponder: can we genuinely claim to be adequately prepared under such circumstances?

In the modern era, conventional solutions may fall short of effectiveness. Thus, consulting with professional engineers and flood experts for preemptive property assessments presents a wiser, more proactive approach in today’s context. 

“By identifying weak points and proposing tailored solutions ahead of time, we shift from reactive panic to confident resilience in the face of nature’s fury.”

RS Flood Experts Engineers conducting an engineering assessment in one hospital in the Philippines. Photo by RS Flood Control Asia

By doing an engineering assessment  will recommend the most suitable flood barriers for the hard-earned property.  

Embracing modern flood barriers can guarantee the safety of both property and lives in the event of unexpected floods.

A portable flood barrier installed along the entrances of Hotel Elbresidenz in Bad Schandau, Germany. Photo by RS Stepanek KG

We cannot stop flooding, but we can reduce the risk of it! Floodwater may be powerful, but there is a long-lasting, effective technology that can block it! It is not only Germany flood preparedness, but the world’s flood preparedness can improve.   

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