People need to realise this was no normal “flooding”.
The people living in the areas affects, in Belgium, the Netherlands, Luxembourg, Germany, they are all used to high water and occasional floodings when the big rivers rund at a high tide, like the Rhine, the Mose,the Maas etc. This water came pouring from the sky suddenly turned over millions of bathtubs, it rained as much in half an hour as it normally does in half a year.
In North Rhine-Westphalia, around 200 litres of rain fell per square metre last week.
The problem was the small creeks and streams that usually are maybe 1m wide or atm totally dried out because of the heatwaves and droughts in the last years. Those streams grew to 100 times there size in many parts within minutes, breaking out of the river beds and flooding everything in their paths at night.
The other problem was that most of the dams and water reservoirs held a lot of water because everyone was anticipating another bad drought, so lots of water was saved up from this summer. When the torrential rains hit the dams were close to breaking point and it some cases did break.
This is climate change in action.
The disaster has not ended but only moved on to South and East Germany, Switzerland and Austria now.
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