Minor flooding across Europe in July 2022
Minor flooding across Europe in July 2022

by Richard Davies, floodlist

July 2022 passed largely without any significant major flood events in Europe. However FloodList did record over 20 flood events across 14 European countries that could be described as minor floods. Such events receive little coverage outside of the immediate local area, so are classified as minor flood events. Material and human damages are usually minimal. However monitoring such flood events plays an important role in the development of flood forecasting and response. Reports of minor events will be used within EFAS during the next model cycle upgrade to evaluate the criteria used for issuing flash flood notifications.

Minor flooding affects Europe in July 2022
Minor flood events affected multiple regions of Europe in July 2022. Credit: https://unsplash.com/photos/f3XnA2S9-Sw

Local media reported a 30 minute storm caused wind damage and minor flooding in Craiova, Dolj County, Romania on 02 July 2022. Emergency services received 70 calls for assistance. Media said 60 streets were flooded, along with buildings including 8 houses, a hospital and a museum. Around 25 cars were damaged.
Severe weather including heavy rain and some flooding was reported in Bistrița-Năsăud County on 01 July.
On 06 July media reported storms in the Oltenia Region, with some minor flooding reported in Drobeta-Turnu Severin and Târgu-Jiu.
Local media in Romania reported storms caused minor flooding in Cluj County, Romania, on 30 July 2022.

Local media in Austria reported storms in Lower Austria State on 01 July 2022, mostly affecting the districts of Krems, St. Pölten and Baden. Some minor flooding was reported. Most of the damage was a result of strong winds.
Heavy rain caused minor flooding in parts of Carinthia, Austria, on 15 July, 2022, including in Treffen which had seen severe floods in June 2022.
A period of heavy rain caused floods and landslides in parts of Tyrol, Austria on 22 July and again on 25 July 2022. One person was reported missing near Ruetz after flooding from the overflowing Ruetzbach stream on 22 July. Two people were injured after their car was swept away by a mudslide in Fulpmes.

Serbia and North Macedonia
Storms from 01 July 2022 caused minor flooding in Serbia and North Macedonia. Local media reported a 10 minute period of heavy rain caused flooding in the city of Niš, Serbia, while storms caused wind damage and minor flooding in the city of Zaječar and its surroundings.
Local media reported storms caused minor flooding in Kragujevac, Serbia, in late July 2022.

Heavy rain caused flooding and debris flows in the canton of Bern on 04 July 2022. A hotel was damaged in Schangnau municipality. A debris flow near Lake Brienz damaged a vehicles and blocked a road. Media also reported a train derailed between Brienz and Oberried after it struck a tree that had fallen onto the tracks during the storm. According to Meteo Swiss figures, 20 mm of rain fell in 1 hour in Thun between 15:00 and 16:00 on 04 July 2022. Heavy hail affected parts of the country including Geneva during this period.

Local media reported a powerful storm affected the city of Lviv in western Ukraine on 05 July 2022. Heavy rain flooded streets. Lightning, thunder and hail was also reported. Public transport was disrupted, in particular the electric tram system. Local media quoting the city government reported 20 homes damaged.

Heavy rain and hail caused minor flooding and damages in parts of Madrid, Spain, on 06 July 2022. Media reported 45 interventions by firefighters in 4 hours in Madrid.Heavy rain and hail also affected parts of the province of Teruel, Aragon Region. Media reported damaged roads and fruit crops in areas of Andorra, Calanda and Valjunquer. Andorra City Council activated an emergency protocol.
A storm, hail and heavy rain and hail flooded streets and houses in Samper de Calanda and Castelnou in Teruel Province, Aragon region, on 18 July 2022. Media reported the town of Híjar recorded 36 mm of rain in 1 hour.
Extremely high temperatures were followed by storms in parts of Galicia Region, Spain, on 14 July 2022. Local media reported over 4,000 lightning strikes. Heavy rain caused minor flooding in Monforte de Lemos municipality in the province of Lugo. Wind damage was also reported.

Heavy rain caused minor flooding in the province of Frosinone in the Lazio Region of Italy on 07 July 2022. Severe hail storms affected other parts of northern Italy at this time, including Veneto and Lombardy.
Media reported severe weather in Colle di Val d'Elsa comune in the province of Siena, Tuscany Region, Italy, on 17 July 2022. A bridge was flooded and wind downed trees which damaged a building.

Minor flooding in Europe causes traffic disruptions in July 2022
Minor floods across Europe in July 2022 caused transport disruptions. Credit: https://unsplash.com/photos/3daFYk7HkvE

Local media in Finland reported thunderstorms, strong winds and heavy rain caused damages in parts of North and South Karelia Regions on 12 July 2022. Flooding was minor.
Swedish Transport Administration reported flooding on the E4 road between Sörböle and Skellefteå in Västerbotten County, northern Sweden on 14 July 2022.

Heavy rain with hail flooded streets in the city of Gomel, Belarus, on 17 July 2022. Local media reported water level was chest deep in some areas.  Rescue operation were carried out by the Ministry of Emergency Situations, including passengers trapped on public transport.

Thunderstorms caused damage in several places in Baden-Württemberg, Germany, late on 20 July 2022. Strong winds downed trees and lightning strikes caused fires. One person died in a road accident that was partly blamed on the poor road conditions. Some basements were flooded in Sigmaringen.

Northern Ireland
Six people were rescued during heavy flooding in the Londonderry and Strabane areas of the Northern Ireland 23 to 24 July 2022. One person was rescued from a vehicle in water, while five people trapped in flooded properties were also rescued. A number of roads were flooded and impassable. Northern Ireland Fire and Rescue Service (NIFRS) said it received a total of 106 emergency calls related to flooding 23 to early 24 July. As a result of the calls, fire crews responded to 49 incidents. Later the BBC said more than 300 homes in the north west have reported flood damage to Derry City and Strabane District Council and that 70 mm of rain fell in 5 hours.

Heavy rain caused minor flooding in areas around Kutno in Łódź Voivodeship, Poland on 23 July 2022. Two roads were damaged. Strong winds also caused damages. On the same day media reported violent storms in Lower Silesian Voivodeship, mostly affecting Dzierżoniów and Strzelin. Some flooding was reported. Strong winds caused severe damage. One person died when a tree fell in the village of Biały Kościół.