The situation is dramatic for the entire region
The tranquil Ahr valley showed a completely different side last night. Due to the massive rainfall, all record levels were exceeded by metres. That's why the entire infrastructure is on the ground right now. Roads are impassable, bridges have been destroyed, there is no electricity, hardly any drinking water and even the mobile phone network only works with gaps.
The situation at the company headquarters is clear - the entire basement is under water. Cars in the car park were swept around by the flood, but the buildings were not destroyed. However, many of the Klaes team live up the Ahr in the Ahr valley and the situation is worse there. We know of evacuations and hope that only property damage has occurred.
It is currently impossible to say when the first emergency operation will be possible, because clean-up work is not yet possible and no one knows when there will be electricity again.