Germany flooding

One of the rivers that overflowed its banks and caused sever damage in Germany was the Ahr River, and what’s remarkable to me is how small the river is. I traced the river by google maps to the Rhine, and it’s understandable that the torrential rain will be no problem for the Rhine. I image the proportion of size between the Rhine and the Ahr where they unite. With normal river levels it seems only a rowboat could navigate the Ahr and large boats can float the Rhine. What I’m trying to explain is how an excessive rain storm that fails to move quickly can dump damaging amounts of water in a small river basin while it has little negative effect in broadly. While Germany’s flooding remains headlines for the second day it’s likely to vanish from international news quickly, and only the local people will know the trauma and long road to recovery.

About Tom Doody

middle-age American living in New Jersey near the Lincoln Tunnel
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