Ahrweiler – When the floods came, Rosemarie Degen (84) was in bed and slept. “At 11:15 pm my son, who lives below, woke me up and said: Mom, get up, get dressed! The water is rising out there. ”
From her window on the second floor, the senior boss had to watch as her bakery (has been in existence since 1900, has been in the family for four generations) was destroyed. “It’s all broken,” she complains and fights back tears.
For the second time, Rosemarie Degen is standing in front of the shards of her existence.
Flood more devastating than bombing raids
During the Second World War, she saw how bombs destroyed her beloved bakery. “When the bombs came, we were hiding in the basement of the bakery, back then there was still the kitchen,” she says. “But this one,” she pauses. “The flood is worse than the war. At that time only individual houses were hit. Now entire streets and houses have been destroyed. ”
How it goes on? The old lady doesn’t know. “I hope we can open again.” Her son Gregor (62), who now runs the bakery, is hoping for help from the government. “So far we have only received 5000 euros for the bakery and 2500 each for our apartments in the house.”
The property damage, the Degens estimate, amounts to around 500,000 euros!
“We not only need money for the renovation, but also for new appliances for the kitchen,” says Gregor Degen. An oven for the bakery alone could cost several thousand euros, according to the junior boss. “It doesn’t work without money for a new oven and additional equipment!”
He hopes that money will soon flow from the state. He doesn’t know whether or how much that is. “If we don’t open again, then I’m a case for the social welfare office, I only get a pension of 600 euros,” he says.
So far, the Degens have paid in advance, they have already invested more than 10,000 euros out of their own pocket to rid the bakery of dirt and mud – and to re-plaster the walls. “Corona has already cost us a lot of money,” say mother and son. “Now that too!”
It will take a good six months before the bakery with its own café can reopen – provided the funds come soon. “At some point we will not be able to continue without government aid,” says Gregor Degen. “We also come to our limits.”
Mother Rosemarie is worried about the winter cold. You to BILD: “The heating does not work, it will be hard. But I have my grain pillow, if necessary I’ll put it in the microwave and put it on my feet to sleep. I can sleep well with warm feet. “