It’s not over yet. The levels are falling. The big rain also shines through. But now everyone is looking at the Steinbachtalsperre in North Rhine-Westphalia.
There was a setback there because the water drained more slowly than expected. According to the experts, the situation at the dam was “unchanged, stable, but still not uncritical”. A dam was threatened!
Now the all-clear: According to the Rhein-Sieg district, the water level has “reached an uncritical level”. The district announced that there was no longer any acute danger that the dam could break. “This means that the evacuation measures for Swisttal and Rheinbach can be lifted.”
“The Steinbachtalsperre is safe. However, there is still a ban on entering the districts, ”said the district and city of Euskirchen. “We will shortly inform you when the residents can return to their localities during the day.”
Lock cannot be emptied in a controlled manner
The dam was classified as “very unstable” by an expert last Thursday. One of the dams in the dam had deep furrows.
Because the dam’s drain was clogged with debris and mud as a result of the storm, the water could not be drained in a controlled manner and would now be pumped out through the dam.
“We can all imagine what it would mean if the dam broke. In any case, we would have to deal with significant flooding in all the places below, ”said an expert on site on Friday.
In western Germany, Seehofer wants to get an idea of the work of the Technical Relief Organization (THW) on site today. Around 10.25 a.m. (also on BILD Live), Seehofer is expected at the Steinbachtalsperre in Euskirchen (North Rhine-Westphalia).