Approximately 114,000 West German households without electricity after the flood


A spokeswoman for Westnetz, the country’s largest grid company, said a flood in Frankfurt — western Germany caused a power outage of 114,000 households on Friday.

More floods were feared in West Germany as another dam was about to collapse, killing more than 80 people on Friday.

“All available employees are on-site and working under high pressure to restore supply,” a Westnetz spokesman said in response to an inquiry.

As a member of the E.ON Group, the company operates a grid that spans most of North Rhine-Westphalia and Rhineland-Palatinate, but does not extend to the cities of Cologne, Wuppertal and Düsseldorf. It supplies electricity, gas, water and heat to about 7.5 million people.

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Photos taken with the drone show the devastation caused by the flooding of the Ah River in the village of Eifel in western Germany on July 15, 2021. (Christoph Reichwein / dpa via AP)

The region’s continuous rains over the course of several days have caused the rivers to rise sharply, softening the ground and causing further flooding concerns.

After the river water flows through towns and villages, the entire community is in ruins.

Westnetz said the substations and transformers were switched off during the flood.

Many roads are still flooded or damaged, and some are difficult to reach for testing, cleaning, and repair work.

Some heavily damaged equipment can be temporarily replaced by switching to an alternative supply location or emergency generator.

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The car was covered in Hagen, and on July 15, 2021, the wreckage was carried by the flooding of the “Nahma” river on the eve of Germany. (Martin Meissner / AP Photo)

E.ON said in a statement that as part of its voluntary relief supplies, it would reimburse some of the costs the head of household would incur to use electricity-powered dryers and water pumps.

Some mobile networks have collapsed, rail transport has been disrupted, and transport remains suspended in parts of the Rhine, an important trading artery.

By Vera Eckert

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