Monika Wächter is annoyed: “For the third time this year, the water ran into my cellar.” Of course, that is not as bad as what is happening in other parts of North Rhine-Westphalia. “But I still want to know how I can better protect myself and my house.” To do this, she and almost 50 other people affected from the north of Cologne booked a consultation appointment with the municipal drainage company (Steb).
The action took place last Saturday in the Tabor center in Heimersdorf. After the heavy rain events in June, several Heimersdorfer had problems similar to Monika Wächter. That is why the citizens’ initiative, headed by Dieter Höhnen, organized the advisory marathon together with Steb. “Citizens don’t just want to cry, they want advice above all else. I am glad that our request was heard. And it’s a success – you can tell from the fact that we’re fully booked today, ”said Höhnen.
Second appointment on July 31st
A second appointment will take place on July 31, he announced. The division manager for planning and construction of the city drainage company, Henning Werker, gives the people of Cologne a good testimonial for dealing with floods and heavy rain, despite full cellars. “At least most of them know that they have to call us. In surveys we have found that most people in Cologne are more sensitive to flooding than many other city dwellers. Maybe that’s because we’re an old Hanseatic city, ”suggested Werker.
And that in spite of a psychological effect that he repeatedly noticed: “Flood dementia. After a year or two, most of them have forgotten that they have been in a situation like this before. ”After this year, he believes it will be different. The whole campaign serves to “help people to help themselves,” said Werker.
This was also noticed in the counseling sessions – those affected came with rather vague concerns and floor plans in their luggage. They were not sold anything, but offered free advice.
In general, according to one of the consultants, one could say that “everything below the level of the sidewalk” must be protected. “Backstops in the right places can make the cellar much safer.” However, one thing above all is important to him. “You should never accept offers that are made on the doorstep. It is important to always get serious assessments from local experts if you want to make your house safer. “
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