23 dead in worst flooding seen across some regions of Europe in 500 years

June 10, 2013 CZECH REPUBLICExpectations that Central Europe’s flooding would ease this week were put on hold following heavy rainfall over the weekend, as the Vltava and Elbe rivers swelled again to near critical levels in the Czech Republic while the flood wave moving through northern Germany triggered more evacuations. Forecasters are expecting more thunderstorms in parts of southern Germany, just as recovery efforts were beginning to get under way after the worst flooding seen in some areas in 500 years. And in Hungary, floodwaters were moving southwards after water levels stabilized in Budapest. The situation was worsening along the Elbe in northern Germany, where a dike burst overnight, cutting off high-speed train connections between Berlin and most western German cities. About 40 kilometers (24 miles) north of Magdeburg, about 1,500 residents of the town of Fischbeck were forced to leave their homes after a dike breached with a 50-meter hole at around midnight. Another dike in that area slipped some 30 meters and is threatening to break, and a third near Klein Rosenburg, south of Magdeburg, failed over the weekend. The dike break north of Magdeburg caused the closure of a bridge on the high-speed train route from Berlin to Hannover, the main connection hub between southern and northern Germany by train. ICE trains are being rerouted with delays of up to three hours, and customers are also facing a number of cancellations, according to Deutsche Bahn. High-speed trains from Amsterdam to Berlin are now going no further than Hannover. Floodwaters are continuing to flow north along the Elbe to Hamburg, and 44,000 people have been evacuated from their homes in the German state of Saxony-Anhalt alone. And there could well be more in store. Early Monday, Czech weather office CHMU released new local flood warnings as rivers, including the Vltava and Elbe, swelled in several parts of the country after heavy thunderstorms and hail over the weekend and early Monday. More rain is expected at least through Tuesday, following localized flash floods on Sunday, which caused some street rain drains and sewers to overflow in Prague. The German weather service warned of heavy rain in southern Germany Monday, where localized thunderstorms could dump as much as 100 liters a square meter (2.5 gallons a square foot) within 24 hours. The situation in Budapest remained stable, with water levels at the city’s dams and dikes starting to subside after peaking at about three times their normal levels on Sunday night, said Mark Mate Kisdi, spokesman for the Municipal Catastrophe Authority. Attention has now turned to parts of southern Hungary that will be hit by the Danube River’s floodwaters. “Today is the day of shifting focus from the northern part of the country to the southern parts,” said Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban. At least 23 people have died across the region, and several more remain missing, while the economic toll is expected to reach or exceed economic damages from similar floods in 2002, which caused $16.5 billion in damages, according to Munich Re. –WSJ
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8 Responses to 23 dead in worst flooding seen across some regions of Europe in 500 years

  1. suez says:

    I feel so sorry for those poor people. I have been flooded, not only do you lose things, but the clean up is horrible! Especially for old people that have no help. 😦

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  2. Dave's wife says:

    Perhaps the economic toll will be the straw that breaks the euro’s back?

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  3. Christine Collins says:

    Alvin, what impact is the unusually severe weather around the world having on our food supplies?

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    • IM
      Record spring flooding has become the norm as winters drag on and snowfall totals continue to rise

      The effects are actually quite dramatic, Christine. Notably warmer oceans, due to increased volcanism, result in significant higher precipitation rates across much of the globe. Heavier snowfall and longer duration winters make springs shorter and more turbulent because transitional seasonal periods are more dramatic in contrast with the atmospheric adjunct of hot and colder air. Spring flooding is worsening in the US Midwest, as is the drought in the U.S. Southwest, where water supplies are already becoming scarier. Spring flooding in Europe and Central America fares no better. All this means growing seasons are becoming shorter and shorter across the globe, as a shifting climate and a more erratic Jet Stream exacts its toll on planetary ecology. These effects will intensify as the planet’s magnetic field continues to weaken and migrate, and ocean temperatures rise and exsolve methane. We’re just one major geological event away from a Malthusian catastrophic scenario if there is one, or several major volcanic eruption events- and we’re long overdue for a Tambora-type event.

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      • Christine Collins says:

        Thank you, Alvin. We, for the most part, especially in America, take for granted the blessings we enjoy and are ignorant of how our lives will be radically changed in the very near future. Thank you for keeping us updated and being a watchman on the wall.

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      • Glad to be of service…

        best wishes-
        A.

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  4. tonic says:

    I, like Christine above, want to thank you for this summery. So many events are taking place now, it becomes a jumble inside your head, and separating all the events into logical progression is very welcome, to me at least.

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