Singen / Hegau: fire brigade on continuous duty: the Hegau sinks again in the pouring rain

Rain, rain, rain: thunderstorms continue in Hegau. Heavy downpours also caused flooding in many places overnight from Thursday to Friday. The respective firefighters were practically in constant use. This time the cities of Engen and Tengen were the hardest hit. The downpours caused extensive damage there.

The storm particularly affected Tengen: the Uttenhofen district was almost flooded by masses of water.

The storm particularly affected Tengen: the Uttenhofen district was almost flooded by masses of water. | Image: Stefan Totenauer

As reported by the mayor of Tengen, Marian Schreier, heavy rains have hit the city of Tengen across the board. Firefighters have had several deployments in different locations, including in the city center, Uttenhofen, Blumenfeld and Blingen, mostly basements and overflowing garages.

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Stefan Totenauer lives in Tengen-Uttenhofen. He reports that the Lauterbach broke its banks: “The village filled up in ten minutes.”

Tengen and its districts were particularly affected by the rain.

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In some cellars the water was 70 centimeters high. A 94-year-old from Uttenhofen, also affected by the flood, told him he couldn’t remember a worse flood.

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On Friday, the reclamation work was still in full swing. At around noon, Mayor Schreier of Tengen reported that the water had withdrawn.

Anselfingen struggles with water masses

Persistent heavy rains and a recent heavy storm have caused some streets in Engen to flood. The main focus of the emergency services was in Anselfingen. There, the passing road had to be closed on Thursday afternoon after the storm, fire chief Benjamin Bach announced.

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The road through Anselfingen had to be closed on Thursday afternoon after the storm. When the photo was taken, most of the water had already flowed out. | Image: Guys, Helene

After the emergency services had been in action all night, they had to move out again on Friday morning. The gravel plant in Welschingen was flooded with water. “But compared to the terrible images of North Rhine-Westphalia, these were only minor things,” continued Commander Bach.

Mühlhausen got off slightly

Also in Mühlhausen, which was hit particularly hard by a storm front last week, firefighters were deployed again on Friday evening. Once again, masses of rain flooded a large part of the Schlostrasse. “Unfortunately it doesn’t go away,” says Oliver Drescher, commander of the Mhlhausen-Ehingen fire brigade.

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The water of the Mgdeberg has returned to enter the village. The emergency services then placed sandbags. “It wasn’t as extreme as last week,” Drescher continued. It was fortunate that at some point the rain stopped.

Federal road 314 is flooding again

Heavy rains also caused damage in other municipalities in Hegau: in Hilzingen, for example, the national road 314 was again flooded. But he also reports that Hilzingen got away with it lightly. “This time it was more the northern part of Hegau that was affected,” he says.

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But the constant rain worries him too: he has never experienced water masses of this type in his career. “We have a number of streams that would otherwise just be streams,” he points out. The ground is so soft that it cannot absorb the rain that is now falling from the sky. “We now urgently need summer weather that lasts several days so that the soil becomes drier,” says Mller.

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In neighboring Switzerland, the Schaffhausen police also received more than 60 weather reports from the entire canton due to heavy rains. According to a report, heavy rains particularly affected the Klettgau region. But according to the police, no one was injured. The flood has not yet caused unquantifiable material damage, particularly to basements and garages, but also to roads and bridges.

The situation in singing

Singen firefighters experienced the storm much more relaxed than their fellow Hegau communities. Commander Mario Dutzi reports that there were only minor operations. Only in Schlatt kindergarten took a little longer. “But it wasn’t as bad as last week,” Dutzi gives the green light. The Aach also carries a lot of water to flood level. “But still out of the danger zone”, says Mario Dutzi.

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