by Richard Davies, FloodList
A series of summer storms and severe weather in Europe in July resulted in significant rainfall and flooding throughout the month. FloodList recorded over 40 flood events - both major and minor - in more than 135 locations across the continent (see list below).
As well as the catastrophic floods in Belgium, western Germany, Luxembourg, and the Netherlands, other significant flood events included those seen in southern Germany, Austria, and Switzerland; Crimea and Russia’s Black Sea region; southeast England; northern Italy, and eastern Europe.
Southern Germany, Austria, and Switzerland
Just days after the flooding in the western states of North Rhine-Westphalia and Rhineland-Palatinate in Germany, flash floods swept through the southern state of Bavaria on 17 July. The district of Berchtesgadener Land declared a disaster.
Rivers broke their banks in parts of neighbouring northern Austria on the same day, causing widespread damage in several towns in the state of Salzburg.
Parts of Switzerland saw dramatic flooding struck on 24 July when 26 mm of rain fell in just 10 minutes in Wolhusen in the district of Entlebuch, Lucerne Canton. Raging torrents of water swept vehicles along the streets of Wolhusen and dumped them into the Kleine Emme river below.
Areas along the Black Sea saw significant flooding from 03 to 06 July, including districts in the Crimea for the second time in 2 weeks and Russia’s Krasnodar Region where 8 fatalities were reported. Officials said areas saw more than 2 months’ worth of rain in a few hours. The city of Sochi saw yet more flooding on 23 July where 4 people lost their lives.
In the UK, the capital London and Southeast England saw flash flooding from 10 to 12 July. The London Fire Brigade received more than 1,000 calls related to flooding.
More flooding struck in the city on 25 July. Vehicles were stranded on flooded roads, including on the M11 motorway, and several train stations were closed. UK’s Met Office said St James Park in central London recorded 41.6 mm of rain on 25 July.
Areas around Lake Como suffered landslides and flash floods after heavy rain flowed down slopes around the lake, causing significant material damages in the communes of Cernobbio, Brienno, Laglio, and Argegno in Como Province, Lombardy Region, on 27 July.
In eastern Europe, stormy weather resulted in minor flooding in Poland throughout the month of July. Flooding was also reported in Czechia, Slovakia, Croatia, Serbia, and Romania where one 1 person died, and dozens were evacuated or rescued by emergency services from 15 to 20 July. The counties of Iasi, Arges, Neamt, and Alba were the worst affected areas.
List of Flood Events (including minor floods) in Europe for July 2021
• 30/06/2021 Eastern Germany, Early July 2021
• 02/07/2021 Southern Scotland, UK, Early July 2021
• 03/07/2021 England, UK, Early July 2021
• 03/07/2021 Northern, Central and Eastern Poland, Early July 2021
• 04/07/2021 Krasnodar Krai, Russia, Early July 2021
• 04/07/2021 Northern Italy, Early July 2021
• 04/07/2021 Crimea, July 2021
• 04/07/2021 Western Germany, Early July 2021
• 04/07/2021 Belgium, Early July 2021
• 05/07/2021 Denmark, Early July 2021
• 09/07/2021 Southern and Eastern England, UK, July 2021
• 13/07/2021 Switzerland, Mid-July 2021
• 13/07/2021 Western Germany, Mid-July 2021
• 14/07/2021 Netherlands, July 2021
• 14/07/2021 Luxembourg, July 2021
• 14/07/2021 Belgium, Mid-July 2021
• 15/07/2021 Romania, Mid to Late July 2021
• 17/07/2021 Eastern Germany, Late July 2021
• 17/07/2021 Southern Italy, Late July 2021
• 17/07/2021 Czech Republic, Late July 2021
• 17/07/2021 Southern Germany and Austria, July 2021
• 18/07/2021 Serbia, Late July 2021
• 18/07/2021 Storm Riikka, Finland, Late July 2021
• 19/07/2021 Croatia, Late July 2021
• 20/07/2021 Central and Southern England, UK, Late July 2021
• 21/07/2021 Zabaykalsky Krai, Russia, Late July 2021
• 21/07/2021 Odessa Region, Ukraine, Late July 2021
• 23/07/2021 Sochi, Krasnodar Krai, Russia, Late July 2021
• 24/07/2021 Lombardy Region, Italy, Late July 2021
• 24/07/2021 Northern and Eastern France, Late July 2021
• 24/07/2021 Bavaria, Germany, Late July 2021
• 24/07/2021 Namur Province, Belgium, Late July 2021
• 24/07/2021 Switzerland, Late July 2021
• 24/07/2021 Southeast England, Late July 2021
• 24/07/2021 Berlin and Brandenburg, Germany, Late July 2021
• 25/07/2021 Trenčín Region, Slovakia, Late July 2021
• 25/07/2021 Netherlands, Late July 2021
• 27/07/2021 Piedmont, Italy, Late July 2021
• 27/07/2021 Southern and Western Sweden, Late July 2021
• 30/07/2021 Austria, Late July 2021