Just a short update with some photos that speak for themselves…
The good news is that the highest level of 8.76m was well below the 9.40m in 2002 that caused so much damage and heartache – but even those 8.76m have made their mark – and it is not over yet. Some suburbs are still cut off and on the lower parts of the river whole towns have had to be evacuated.
It is very strange – I was in town yesterday and on the famous “Albert Bruecke” hundreds of tourists go about their business as if nothing happened – if it where not for the Army helicopters above and the gurgling river below one could think all is normal…
There is a bridge in town that is the main railway bridge over the river and just like last time they had to come up with special measures to stop it from starting to “float” – so they put heavy diesel rail engines on each pillar to basically add extra weight – looks strange but seems to work.
Down the road from us – not even a kilometer away the small creek that gives our forest here it’s name the Zschone – can no longer empty into the Elbe – so consequently it just flows on top of the road – blocking our access – we can still get out as there are two more roads – but much longer..
The constant sirens are getting to me to – my mum says it was much worse in 2002 but still – not very nice.
There was a bit of a scare two days ago when the czech authorities told us that some gas tanks had been floating in the river and they might be full… 6 of them – 15m long!!! The Bundeswehr used the downdraft of their helicopter rotors to kind of move them to the side and then some very brave man anchored them with ropes to the bank – now we know they where brand new and empty – but still a big thing like that can destroy a bridge or house if it floats into it..
I have been going into town every day and took photos from the same spots to see how the water is rising – I will have to take some again of the same places when I am back in July and the water is gone to see the difference.
I’ll attach some of the latest shots for you.