Deep ‘Bernd’ causes large-scale power outages in the areas affected by the storm. The cellular network also collapsed in some places.
The storms and floods in the Eifel have led to a large-scale power outage. As a spokeswoman for the network operator Westnetz said, the districts of Ahrweiler, Vulkaneifel, Mayen-Koblenz, Bitburg-Prüm and Trier-Saarburg are particularly affected in Rhineland-Palatinate. Numerous local network stations were under water there and should have been switched off, as Westnetz announced in Saffig.
Around 190,000 households in the Eifel region were affected by power failure
In the district of Bernkastel-Wittlich, isolated villages are without electricity. More than 100 colleagues from Westnetz in Rhineland-Palatinate are in constant use to get the power supply going again at the places where it is possible, said the spokeswoman.
Currently around 190,000 households are without electricity because substations and other systems are flooded and had to be switched off. The Bergisches Land and the Eifel are particularly affected.
Rain, rain, rain – scenes of the flood in western Germany
After the flood disaster in parts of Rhineland-Palatinate, a large-scale rescue operation has been running for hours. Police helicopters are on their way to rescue people from roofs or trees, reported Prime Minister Malu Dreyer (SPD) on Thursday at the beginning of the plenary session in Mainz. The Bundeswehr is also helping with around 200 soldiers. There are a lot of missing people, said Dreyer. It is unclear whether they could have saved themselves. Reaching them is difficult because the cellular network has also partially failed.
After the heavy rains, there are also restrictions in the drinking water supply in several communities in the Bitburg-Prüm district as a result of the power outages, the district’s disaster control announced on Facebook. The supply is expected to be ‘limited to days’. The residents were asked to use the available water sparingly and to refrain from cleaning work.
The storms over Germany also cause numerous damage to our lines, which unfortunately lead to disturbances …
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In the meantime, Telekom is also reporting restrictions on landline connections and asks for patience for longer waiting times on all of its hotlines, which are currently overloaded due to numerous disruptions.