Due to heavy rainfall, the district of Erding in Bavaria declared a state of natural disaster in the flood-affected area of Dorfen. More than 250 people had to be evacuated due to the danger to the residents of Oberdorfen.
A police spokesman further reported that Highway 94 was completely closed near Dorfen due to a landslide. The cleanup work took several hours.
“In some basements the water reached up to two meters high”
Also in other towns in northern Upper Bavaria, many basements and streets were flooded as a result of the heavy rains. The district of Freising was particularly affected: in the municipality of Au in der Hallertau alone, the fire department had been called to more than 50 incidents by Monday afternoon. “In some basements the water reached up to two meters high,” said the spokesman. Many streets were flooded after the Abens River overtopped its banks. So far, there are no reports of casualties.
Intense rainfall also led to flooding in the neighboring counties of Erding and Pfaffenhofen an der Ilm. According to a spokesman, the Therme Erding complex had to accommodate around 400 hotel guests in other facilities after the building’s basement filled with water. This resulted in a power outage and the pool with artificial waves stopped working. It is unclear at this time how long the repairs will take.
The German Meteorological Service (DWD) continues to warn of prolonged rain
In the district of Pfaffenhofen an der Ilm, the municipality of Wolnzach was particularly affected by the flooding, according to the district administration. During the night, up to 60 liters of rain per square meter fell there, causing many basements to flood. Many fire departments were called into action. The situation is further complicated by the fact that the soils are saturated and cannot absorb any more water.
After the water gauges in Geisenfeld and Mainburg, which measure the water levels in the Ilm and Abens rivers, indicated the fourth, or highest, warning level on Monday afternoon, the district authorities in Freising and Pfaffenhofen an der Ilm reported that the situation was slowly calming down. In the neighboring district of Kelheim in Lower Bavaria, however, there was still a warning of possible flooding.
Also in the southern part of Upper Bavaria, meteorologists warned of heavy, prolonged rain and possible flooding. Especially in the Chiemgau region, up to 80 liters of water per square meter could fall by Tuesday evening, DWD reported. The meteorological service warned Monday of the possibility of smaller rivers rising from their banks and flooding roads. Landslides may also occur.