July 2021 European Floods
|Type of posting||Posting date(EST):||Summary||Downloads|
|Final Posting||7/28/2021 5:00:00 AM|
|Update 3 with Shapefiles||7/21/2021 12:00:00 AM|
|Update 2||7/19/2021 2:00:00 PM|
|Update 1 with Shapefiles||7/16/2021 2:00:00 PM|
|Event Summary||7/15/2021 4:00:00 PM|
Update 2 | Summary
Posting Date: July 19, 2021, 2:00:00 PM
Heavy rainfall continues to affect parts of Europe. While the death toll of last week’s flood events approaches 200 and recovery operations continue in the hardest-hit areas of Germany and Belgium, over the past weekend strong continued precipitation brought flooding to more areas in Germany and Austria. Heavily affected were the mountainous areas in the border region between the southeasternmost region of Germany and the Austrian states of Salzburg and Tirol. At least one person is reported to have died as a result. Precipitation accumulations exceeding 100 liters per square meter over 24 hours have been recorded in the area. Affected communities include Hallein, Kufstein, and various communities in the region of Berchtesgaden. Communities in the German state of Saxony were also affected over the weekend—especially in the mountain range Saxon Switzerland.
In the North Rhine-Westphalia and Rhineland-Palatinate areas hardest hit by last week’s events, many people are still unaccounted for. Tens of thousands of people remain without power in the affected parts of western Germany. The restoration of infrastructure such as water and gas pipes, power lines, and roads will take weeks or even months, according to some estimates, which could lead to loss inflation effects. Damage to 600 km of railroad and 80 railway stations in Germany has been reported.
AIR will release updated shapefiles created from data published by Copernicus EMS by Wednesday morning, July 21, CET. We are also continuing to study the impacts of this event and will provide an update on next steps later this week.