Under Water

Trip Start Oct 18, 2012
Trip End Dec 14, 2015

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Flag of Germany  , Baden-Württemberg,
Monday, June 3, 2013

Howdy folks,

Normally I would be playing football on Sundays, but I managed to lose one of my expensive football shoes which I am really kicking myself about (get it!). So with the rain finally stopping and a hint of good weather in the air, Steffie and I decided to go down to the Neckar River and survey the water damage. I have been reading in the newspaper for the last 2 days a non-stop stream of stories about towns in southern Germany being flooded over. Passau on the Austrian border has been hit particularly hard with reports saying that it is the worst flooding in 500 years. How they can tell that exactly I have no idea, but the city is built on three converging river systems: the Danube, Inn and Ilz. Definitely not the place to be...


The Neckar River has risen quite quickly as well, easily flooding over the riverside walkway and putting the Edingen 'Hafen' underwater. It was unbelievable to see how strong the current was. One the otherside it was easily spilling over into the surrounding fields. We decided to drive into Heidelberg to see what it was like there and sure enough the B37 which runs along the river and under the Alte Brucke was swamped. Unlike Passau, the altstadt remained relatively dry.

Heading for high ground, we drove up to the Heiligenberg to get a better vantage point. The last time we had been up there was in January when it was cold, damp and lifeless. It couldn't have been more different as greenery abounded in every direction, helped no doubt by the rainfall. The cloister ruins, forest and Thingstätte. For all those who thought that they had seen enough of Heidelberg, I'm sorry! I am a shutterbug and I can't help it! At least my addiction is seemingless harmless...

We drove back home so I could watch Race 3 of the DTM on TV from Austria. Reigning champion Bruno Spengler won a perfect race although as usual the race officials made a mess of the time penalties. My favourite Brazilian Augusto Farfus, who won the first race in Hockenheim, finished 6th after qualifying a strong 4th position. Still a good finish for BMW. I'm interested to see what happens in Australia with the V8 Supercars now that Ford is finishing production in 2016.


After dinner, the crew went for a walk and decided to see how the river was going. To our surprise, the river level was a good 20-30cms higher than before! It was certainly drawing a crowd of people coming to take a look around. We went for a good walk around even taking tame to look at the local bird club which has a selection of fowl from around the world including peacocks, geese, chickens and a few goats and bunnies thrown in for good measure. For a town so small as Edingen, I didn't even notice it tucked in behind the Sporting Grounds!

After work today I went down to look at the river again and it was back to normal! The council had even cleaned the pavement!
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Bist Du Durstig ? :D

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