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Breathe a sigh of relief on the Rhine between Neuwied and Unkel: floods are receding – Neuwied district

After the peak wave of the summer flood has passed the Neuwied district, the first clean-up work begins. Annoying: Drivers disregarded the closures again and again.

By Rainer Claaßen

The flood situation in the Neuwied district at the weekend

Rainer Claaßen

The flood situation in the Neuwied district at the weekend

Rainer Claaßen

The flood situation in the Neuwied district at the weekend

Rainer Claaßen

The flood situation in the Neuwied district at the weekend

Rainer Claaßen

The flood situation in the Neuwied district at the weekend

Rainer Claaßen

The flood situation in the Neuwied district at the weekend

Rainer Claaßen

The flood situation on Sunday morning in Neuwied

Jörg Niebergall

The flood situation on Sunday morning in Neuwied

Jörg Niebergall

The flood situation on Sunday morning in Neuwied

Jörg Niebergall

The flood situation on Sunday morning in Neuwied

Jörg Niebergall

The flood situation on Sunday morning in Irlich

Jörg Niebergall

The flood situation on Sunday morning in Irlich

Jörg Niebergall

The flood situation on Sunday morning in Irlich

Jörg Niebergall

The flood situation on Sunday morning in Irlich

Jörg Niebergall

After the dramatic events on the Ahr and in North Rhine-Westphalia, the nervousness in the Middle Rhine was also somewhat greater than in previous flood situations – with persistent heavy rain, the record levels could also be exceeded here. On Saturday morning, however, it was already clear that, at least for the time being, no major drama had to be expected: The maximum of the Andernach level had been reached on Friday at 7.43 meters – after that the water sank again. The peak was also measured in Neuwied on Friday evening between 6 and 10 p.m. Here it was 7.21 meters.

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However, this flood was not without consequences either. The flea market in Bad Hönningen could take place on Saturday morning with almost no restrictions. On arrival, however, there was a not inconsiderable backlog. The car park at the Rhine facilities was still completely under water – and the neighboring thermal baths could not provide any parking spaces either, as regular public operations continued here.

It looked different at the campsite. “The place was not completely flooded. But just as a precautionary measure, we closed it completely before the weekend “, reports groundskeeper Udo Bündgen and adds:” It will probably be a few days before we can open it to guests again – provided the water level continues to drop. “Then it looks like: According to the forecast of the flood reporting service on Sunday, a slightly lower water level is expected for Monday and Tuesday – the development should go in the direction of 6 meters at the Andernach gauge on Tuesday, according to the experts.

The area around Linz was relatively badly affected. This could be seen, among other things, from the fact that the B 42 was still officially closed on Saturday morning shortly after Bad Hönningen. At least local drivers could hardly be influenced by this: Many simply drove around the signs – and thus disrupted the cleaning work on the banks of the Rhine. Here the road maintenance department in Linz was busy removing the traces of the sinking water. A sweeper and a special excavator were used. However, the employees were confident that they would be able to unblock the underpass that leads from the B 42 in the direction of Wiedbachtal around noon. In the morning the pumps were still working at full speed here and the water was still a good eight inches high.

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While the ferry in Linz had to stop operating – the entire pier had been flooded – the Bad Hönnigen – Bad Breisig ferry was in continuous operation. According to ferry master Marc Temsky, it could even continue at a water level that was one meter higher. The floods on the Ahr also worried him much more: “I come from the affected area myself – these fates really affect me,” he says.

Some of the cycle paths along the Rhine were also not passable. A group of four cyclists traveling in the direction of Cologne and Duisburg, however, hardly felt affected by this. “Before we were on the Moselle. In some places nothing worked and we had to change to the train. Compared to that, the tour from Koblenz to Linz was unproblematic. There were always alternative options here, ”says one of the cyclists. They drove over the Neuwied Rhine bridge and were happy that they could spend the night at the Leutesdorf campsite, which is above the flood level.

On the way to Erpel the quartet got wet feet and tires again – the water was particularly high there and the road was not passable for a long time. A police patrol then checked on Saturday morning and issued penalties for drivers who drove from Erpel to Linz despite the closed lane. Quite a few drivers did not allow themselves to be stopped by the patrol – and simply drove past the trowel that was held out.

The lockdown had already caused massive bottlenecks on Friday. Naomi Smeets from Erpel reports: “The diversion leads over the country road in the direction of Vettelschoss. Last night there was practically no getting through on the narrow street during rush hour in both directions. ”On Saturday afternoon, however, all the closures were lifted again. And the Linz Rhine ferry also resumed operations. And since the weather forecast is currently good, hopefully there will not be another flood in the coming days.

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From our employee Rainer Claaßen

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