Baltic sea, high-water: cleaning up after storm “Gisela”

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Storm deep “Gisela” has the water levels on the Baltic sea will rise considerably. In Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania, the high water reached on Wednesday evening to its climax. It brought water levels of one metre to just under 1.40 meters above Normal, said meteorologist Stefan Kreibohm from the weather station on the island of Hiddensee.

In Schleswig-Holstein, the high water of the river rose in Lübeck district of Travemünde until the evening to around 6,26 meters. As a result, the street Obertrave were flooded in the lübeck’s old town and parts of the Promenade in Travemünde. The normal water level is, according to the waterways – and shipping office at five meters.

After the floods the damage is in the focus now, Especially in Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania, in the district of Vorpommern-Greifswald was affected. There was triggered on Wednesday because of rising water levels, the alarm level 2. In the second of a four alarm levels, the dikes should be checked for damage and, if necessary, with sand bags to be sealed, according to the state office for agriculture and environment (StALU).

In addition, the storm knocked throughout the County, numerous trees. Firefighters brought the tribes of roads and rails. The rescue coordination centre notified until the afternoon more than 60 such operations in the Region. In the area of Stralsund were toppled, according to police sources, trees on two cars. In Rostock-Warnemünde, the water sloshed over the Central pier. Beach chairs were in the water and had to be salvaged.

From the beaches of the storm, Sand has washed into the sea. According to media reports, Lubmins mayor Axel Vogt, calculates that flood damage to the newly elevated beach. In the morning there will be a construction consultant.

“The water levels along the coast from fall slow”

The Federal Maritime and hydrographic Agency (BSH) extended the flood warning to the Baltic sea until Thursday. Accordingly, the coast was almost at the whole of the German Baltic sea is expected in the Morning with water levels of up to 1.15 meters above the mean water level. “The water levels along the coast fall down slowly”, it said. A renewed increase is not expected.

Many shipping companies had set on Wednesday to their ferry service. The shipping company FRS Königslinjen, the Swedish fast ferry between Sassnitz-operates Sassnitz and Ystad, has canceled departures for Thursday already.

Storm surges on the German Baltic sea coast are divided into four classes:

  • As a “storm tide” is the water level of 1.00 to 1.25 meters above the middle water level,

  • as a “medium flood” of 1.25 to 1.50 meters,

  • as a “heavy storm” 1.50 to 2.00 meters, and

  • as a “very heavy storm surge” of more than 2.00 meters above the middle water level.

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