HUGE DESTRUCTIONS: There is enormous destruction over large areas in Central Europe as a result of extreme weather on Wednesday. Here a house has collapsed and the water has taken the soil masses with it. Photo: David Young / DPA / AP / NTB
Professor: Not notified
The fact that EFAS issued an extreme warning means that there is a danger to life.
Hydrologist Cloke says that the warning does not say that one must evacuate. It’s up to the authorities.
– But if you are facing a warning that there is a danger to life, and you know where it will happen, you arrange for evacuation. This is how disaster risk management works, she says.
People had obviously not been notified, she says.
People in the German city of Adenau tell TV 2 that the streets were filled with water in just 20 minutes. The rain masses came as a shock to everyone.
Meteorologists could see this heavy rain coming and gave warnings earlier this week. Nevertheless, the warning was not taken seriously enough and the preparations were insufficient, she also says, writes the Washington Post.
Environmental researcher Bernd Mehling tells the broadcaster WDR that such weather is usually seen in winter.
– This, with this intensity, is completely unusual in the summer, he says, writes Independent.
– Could not prepare
A flood expert that TV 2 spoke to on Wednesday, said that no one had anticipated how dramatic it could be.
– The amount of precipitation was so much greater than what was expected to be possible, says Halvor Øverland, who has a doctorate in water construction and lives in Germany, where he works with flood protection.
It has rained a lot in Germany in recent weeks, and this helps to make the situation even more challenging, because the water base is saturated with water. This leads to even higher water flow in the rivers.
– There was extremely much precipitation that came in a very short time. You could not have been prepared for that, he says.