After the storm, many state and district roads are still closed. The situation on the streets is dynamic and can change at any time, says district spokesman Sven Gnädig. The district roads K36 near Hohn and the K62 between Hecken and Benenberg are currently closed.
On the B258 between Blankenheim and the Rhineland-Palatinate state border, the road surface has been washed away and damaged. This also applies to the L194 between Eicherscheid and Arloff. According to the State Office for Roads in North Rhine-Westphalia, a long-term full closure is necessary on both streets. A bridge must be checked on the L204 near Kall.
The L11 bridge at Satzvey is completely destroyed, the L119 bridge at Flamersheim is badly damaged. The L17 between Reifferscheid and Blumenthal is closed because the lane was washed away there. Due to an overturned gabion wall, the Ahr Valley Cycle Path and the L167 near Ahrdorf cannot be used.
The L22 between Wiesen and Wildenburg, the L113 between Mahlberg and Scheuren, the L165 between Esch and Schuld and the L181 between Lommersum and Derkum are closed due to undermined lanes. This also applies to the L204 in the Urft area, the L234 between Effelsberg and Bad Münstereifel and the L497 near Houverath. Further information about the current situation can be found on the district website and at Straßen NRW.
Euskirchen district has an online map showing road closures
The Euskirchen district has published an online map with current information on road closures. “Local navigation is currently a major challenge for all citizens,” said the district. A planning office provides the map, which is maintained by all those involved, so that the most current status can be displayed, says the Euskirchen district.
Nevertheless, the presentation is a snapshot and does not make any claim to correctness or completeness. “It will still take a while until we have identified and entered all damage and the resulting closures, since the damage assessment is only just beginning in the severely affected municipalities” , announces the circle.
Schleiden school center
Emile Lucht stands with his harvester on the Olefbrücke at the Schleiden school center. Again and again he lowers the hydraulic gripper arm and fetches wedged driftwood, whole tree trunks, garbage cans or whatever the gripper claw of his machine can grab.
The cars stand patiently in both directions until the large dump truck is fully loaded, drives to the collection point and thus opens the passage again. Because Lucht clears the blocked flow again so that new water is not dammed up again.
All bridges must be statically checked
“Yesterday I cleared two bridges in Malsbenden,” he says. The forest is actually his territory, but when the news reached him, nothing stopped him. “I was on vacation in France and then drove back when I heard how bad it was,” he says. When he was finally back in Germany, he fetched his harvester and drove to Gemünd with the machine, where his colleague Sebastian Kirch had already been at work with his harvester. “He instructed me,” says Lucht and gets back into the cabin to continue working.
Freeing the bridges from floating debris is one thing – testing for stability is another. All bridges in the areas affected by the flood must be checked. Whether they have to be demolished or a renovation is possible is in the stars.
Partial all-clear at Schleidener Bridges
The people of Schleiden had a pleasant surprise – seldom enough these days. The first assessment by a THW structural engineer showed that all approved bridges remain passable, especially the important junction B258 / B265 in Gemünd. The damage may look devastating to the layman, but it does not affect the stability. According to Mayor Ingo Pfennings, a final all-clear is only possible if the underside has also been checked.
In the Schleiden urban area, one bridge each in Malsbenden and one in Olef are still closed. In addition, the old bridge in Oberhausen was destroyed by the floods.
Consequences of the flood: Complete road closures in the Euskirchen district
• L167 in the Ahrdorf area, gabion wall tilted, bike path bridge destroyed – Ahr valley bike path closed
• L181 between Lommersum and Derkum currently no way through
• L182 broken into the Swisttal-Heimerzheim area, blocked in Kessenich (Von-Binsfeld-Straße)
• B258 Blankenheim-Rhineland-Palatinate state border, washed-out road, road damage, shoulder damage (long-term full closure necessary)
• L 234 Effelsberg-Bad Münstereifel, washed-out road, road damage, shoulder damage
• L11 Satzvey (Gartzemer Straße), bridge completely collapsed
• L 194 Eicherscheid-Arloff, washed-out road, road damage, shoulder damage (long-term full closure necessary)
• L165 between Eicherscheid and guilt, washed-out roadway, roadway damage, shoulder damage
• L119 Flamersheim-Rheinbach, bridge destroyed and impassable
• L 497 Houverath, washed-out road, road damage, shoulder damage
• L181 Lommersum-Derkum (Weilerswist), roadway washed away and destroyed
• L 113 Mahlberg-Scheuren, washed-out road, road damage, shoulder damage
• L 165 Nöthen-Bad Münstereifel, washed-out road, road damage, shoulder damage, embankment damage (structural inspection only possible after the site is accessible)
• L 17 Reifferscheid-Kammerwald, undermined roadway, roadway damage, shoulder damage (supporting wall destroyed)
• L 204 Urft, washed-out road, road damage, shoulder damage
• L 22 Wiesen-Wildenburg, washed-out road, road damage, shoulder damage
Partial road closures after flooding in the Euskirchen district
• L 119 Stadtwaldkreuzung-Stotzheim, undermined roadway
• L 249 from Mariawald Abbey to shortly before Heimbach
• K 33 at Metternich
In addition, numerous district and municipal roads in the Euskirchen district are closed and closed. A list is not yet available. The district and the municipalities must first get an overview.
Lanes fail due to the storm damage
After the severe storms, the serious damage to the rail connections is becoming more and more apparent for Deutsche Bahn (DB). Even if all exploration work has not yet been completed, it is clear, according to a report, that a total of seven regional traffic routes in North Rhine-Westphalia and Rhineland-Palatinate have been so badly destroyed by the water that the DB has to build them again or extensively renovate them. According to information from the railway, this also includes the Eifel route and the Voreifel and Erfttalbahn. The repair and reconstruction work should take weeks to months.
The journeys of the Regional Express RE 12 and RE 22 from Cologne via Euskirchen to Gerolstein in the direction of Trier are currently canceled. Likewise, the journeys of the regional train RB 24 from Cologne via Erftstadt and Euskirchen to Trier and the S-Bahn S 23 from Bad Münstereifel via Euskirchen to Bonn main station.
Deutsche Bahn offers replacement services
Deutsche Bahn offers replacement services with buses between Bonn Central Station and Euskirchen, between Trier and Gerolstein, Gerolstein and Euskirchen, and Hürth-Kalscheuren and Euskirchen. According to the Verkehrsbund Rhein-Sieg (VRS), replacement bus services between Cologne Central Station and Euskirchen have also been resumed.
However, due to the effects of the storm, not all stops can be reached. An exact timetable with times for the buses is still being worked on.
According to information from the VRS, the Eifel-Bördebahn (RB 28) between Euskirchen and Düren currently only runs between Düren and Nemmenich. Passengers coming from Euskirchen or wanting to go there are asked to switch to the SB 98 and 298 buses between Zülpich and Euskirchen. According to DB’s initial assessment, Euskirchen station will not be available for a longer period of time. (red / lsc / smh)
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