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Flooding possible: Rhine level in Bonn is currently rising rapidly

Flooding possible : Rhine level in Bonn is currently rising rapidly

The water level of the Rhine in Bonn is currently rising rapidly. Within one week the water level has more than doubled. The level is expected to continue rising in the coming days. What are the consequences of another flood?

The Rhine level in Bonn is currently rising rapidly. On Monday at 13.30 hrs, the Rhine flood reporting centre in Mainz measured a water level of 4.55 metres. Last Monday the water level in Bonn was 1.91 meters. This means that the water level has more than doubled. According to forecasts by the Rhineland-Palatinate flood reporting center, the water level in Bonn will be six meters as early as Wednesday.

According to the Rhineland-Palatinate State Office for the Environment, an exact forecast of the flood peak will not be possible until Tuesday. The current rise in Bonn can be explained mainly by a flood wave coming from the Moselle. According to the State Office for the Environment, the current flood wave from the Upper Rhine also affects the water level in Bonn.

From a water level of five meters upward, according to the flood alarm plan, the city of Bonn and the Water and Shipping Office are affected by "small floods". The ferry Graurheindorf-Mondorf stops operating at a water level of 5.50 meters. The following water levels (related to the Bonn water level) are important indicators:

In January 2018, the Rhine flooded the banks and attracted numerous flood tourists. The Rhine level rose to almost nine metres and made the promenade on the Beuel side almost completely disappear. The Brassertufer on the Bonn side was also flooded and shipping was completely suspended. During the historic "flood of the century" in 1993, a water level of 10.13 metres was measured in Bonn.

(Original text: Nathalie Dreschke, Translation: Mareike Graepel)