Case study: the Elbe river - Coggle Diagram
Case study: the Elbe river
the Elbe river, one of the major waterways of Europe
it rises in the Czech Republic, flowing through Germany and enterning the North Se, near Hamburg.
between 30 May and 2 June in 2013
flooding along the Elbe river
at Prague, caused havoc of rising 5 metres above normal
In Dresden the river peacked at 7 metres above normal
Further north of Magdeburg the floodwaters rose to 7.5 metres
Hamburg suffered little loss due to warning and an establisched flood protection scheme
for the heavy rain (250 mm) that hit in some areas
how it damage...
over 1000 Czech troops were bought in to build flood defences while firefhighters prepared to evacuate 50 000 people. In
thousands of residents work through the night to put sandbags and flood barriers.
23 000 residents were asked to leave their homes when a dam burst. 19 000 soldiers were used to help with defences and evaquating people.
some people were dead.
25 people lost their life, 11 were in the Czech Republic, 8 in Germany and 6 in Austria.
the metro stations were closed and heavy machinery was brought in to stop debris building up at the historic Charles Bridge. The main railway line to Berlin was underwater so trains were diverted and chemical factories were closed to prevent the relase of toxic chemicals into the floodwater. So the government had to open dams to let water flow away quickly.
flooding the city but sparing its historical centre. Bridges were closed to traffic.
the dykes were not built to withstand such a flood level.
the port is vulnerable to the sea and tidal flooding as well as flooding from the river.