Germany Floods – And I was there!

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I am bewildered!

I’m quite sure that you’re aware of the tragedy that has struck Germany.

And other nations.

For those of you who have been living under a rock, Germany, Belgium, the Netherlands, Luxembourg, England, China, India, and more, have been devastated by unusual rainfall, that resulted in catastrophic floods.

Floods that turned into natural disasters, previously unseen.

So much so, that in some places, it took all of twenty (20) minutes, before houses, cars, and furniture, were swept away by the havoc and destruction caused by dams breaking, rivers over-flowing and an avalanche of water exploding into streets, pushing into homes, gushing over bridges and roads, crushing into vehicles, and anything else it might meet in it’s path.

And I was there.

Flooding in Europe

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I hadn’t planned to be there.

Obviously!

We were actually on holiday and had opted to spend a fortnight in the magnificent Black Forest /Schwarzwald along the Danube river, the mouth-watering vineyards of the Moselle /Mosel river, and on the historic river of the Rhine / Rhein, since the days of the Roman Empire!

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We chose to holiday in Germany.

In Rhineland-Palatinate / Rheinland-Pfalz.

On a staycation.

To feel safe.

Little did we know of the disaster to come.

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With a death toll of 180, more rain to come, and150 people still missing, Germany is reeling in shock and despair over how this could have happened, with no warning.

So what actually happened.

In simple terms:

  • Increasingly hot weather
  • An exceptional amount of rainfall, in a very short time
  • Small rivers that had little or no flood defence, overwhelmed by huge volumes of rain
  • The speed in which flooding came into streets. In some cases, mere minutes
  • The bursting of dams and riverbanks
  • Weak communication on disaster management
  • Inadequate or very little warning
  • Destruction of homes and local infrastructure leading to emergency accommodation, no electricity, water, or basic facilities
  • Urban planning
  • Climate change
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We started our staycation in Hinterzarten – a resort village of just 2,583 people, in the Black Forest / Schwarzwald in (Baden-Württemberg)

Hinterzarten has been in existence since 1148, and is famously known for competitive ski-jumping!

And as you can see.

Everything was fine.

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Just look at that soft sand.

You would think we were in the Mediterranean.

But we weren’t.

We were in South Germany!

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We had originally planned to spend just three (3) or four days (4), but decided to stay for five (5) days instead!

After spending five (5) very nice days in the Black Forest, we moved to the Mosel wine-region.

Disaster struck on the night of July 14th, 2021.

Just one night before we were to move towards the Moselle /Mosel River on 15.07.21.

Gulp!

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This is what we saw on 16.07.21

In Bernkastel-Kues.

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We were very, very lucky.


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The winery of the vineyard estate where we bought 3 crates of wine at Weingut Kilburg in Brauneberg!
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On booking our holiday accommodation, The Music Producer (my husband), had wanted us to stay on the riverside, I on the other hand, had seen a vineyard which I thought was very nice.

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The vineyard, on higher ground, in Brauneberg!
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Luckily for all of us, I managed to convince him so that in fact, the house we eventually rented, was a vineyard, that was part of a wine estate.

In Brauneberg.

On higher ground.

In the hills!

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Brauneberg – a historical town – famous for it’s vineyards & wines!
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Brauneberg is a traditional town of just 1,129 people, with a history as far back as 588!

Famous for it’s vineyards and delicious wines.

In Bernkastel-Wittlich.

In Rhineland-Palatinate!

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The Music Producer & The Tall Young Gentleman – walking to the village in Brauneberg!
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The Music Producer & The Tall Young Gentleman – walking down to the village in Brauneberg!
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You can see the slope as The Music Producer and The Tall Young Gentleman began the walk down the hill.

To the village.

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The over-flowing river in Brauneberg!
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However, if you look carefully, you can still see the over-flowing river from high-up where we were!

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And why a bunch of caravan travellers thought it prudent to camp BESIDE the river in Brauneberg, I really haven’t a clue?!
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And why a bunch of caravan travellers thought it prudent to camp in those fields BESIDE the river, I really haven’t a clue?!

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Brauneberg was swimming in water!
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Brauneberg was swimming in water!
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But the village itself was a bit of a mess and was swimming in water.

In fact, the local Brauneberg Tourism office was drenched, and a house that was offering apartments for rent in the village, had water flowing inside, up to the first (European) /and second (American) floor!

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This apartment for rent?

Sadly, no longer.

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A house flooded in Brauneberg.
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The water in the above picture led into the shed of a local lady that I spoke to about the flood, who was trying her best to recover her property, and scoop out the mud.

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The Brauneberg Tourism office was drenched!
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The backdoor of the Brauneberg tourism office!

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The Tall Young Gentleman on the edge of receding water in Brauneberg!
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The Tall Young Gentleman standing on the edge of the (now) receding water!

Climate change has never been more real.

So, what can YOU do to help?

How you can help!

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SHOULD I GO THERE?

Absolutely not!

Experts, professionals and local authorities are on the ground to help at the scene. There is a co-ordinated rescue response ongoing and there are still danger spots in some regions.

You’d only get in the way.

CAN I DONATE FOOD & CLOTHING?

Of course.

Most of the victims desperately need food, clothing and toiletries, but you would need to contact local organisations in order to find out how to do this, as logistics is an issue.

The Federal Office of Civil Protection and Disaster Assistance /Bundesamt für Bevölkerungsschutz und Katastrophenhilfe has set up a homepage giving details of locations.

If you click on the district, it will lead you to the areas affected.

If you scroll down those pages you will see links with the words “help” or “hilfe”, this will lead you to real individuals who have requested specifics on what items they need such as furniture, household items, clothing, etc.

However, most of the larger charities kindly request cash donations instead, because funding can be sent to the areas that need them, and they don’t have the capacity to accept donations in kind.

Here’s the government homepage.

WHICH ORGANISATIONS ARE LEGIT?

The Federal Office of Civil Protection and Disaster Assistance /Bundesamt für Bevölkerungsschutz und Katastrophenhilfe has set up a homepage giving details of the districts affected.

If you click on the district, it will lead you to the areas affected.

If you scroll down those pages you will see links with the words “help” or “hilfe”, this will lead you to real individuals who have requested specifics on what items they need such as furniture, household items, clothing, etc.

Please be careful when sending cash donations, and double-check that the organisation or charity is legitimate as sadly, scammers have taken advantage of the tragedy.

Here are some respectable /official organisations:

Donation account for victims in Rhineland-Palatinate

The state government in Rhineland-Palatinate has set up a donation account for those affected in the state. The details for bank transfer are:

Landeshauptkasse Mainz

IBAN: DE78 5505 0120 0200 3006 06

BIC: MALADE51MNZ

Keyword: “Katastrophenhilfe Hochwasser” (Disaster Aid Flood)

Here’s the Press Release.

Germany’s Relief Coalition /Aktion Deutschland Hilft e.V.

Germany’s Relief Coalition /Aktion Deutschland Hilft e.V. provides emergency aid to the people affected by the tragedy, helping families who have lost their homes in the floods.

It has set up a donation account for flood victims.

Keyword: “Hochwasser Deutschland” or “Flood Germany

Here’s the Aktion Deutschland Hilft website in English!

Here’s the Aktion Deutschland Hilft website auf Deutsch!

The German Life Saving Association /Deutsche Lebens-Rettungs-Gesellschaft e.V.(DLRG)

The German Life Saving Association /Deutsche Lebens-Rettungs-Gesellschaft e.V. (DLRG) are experts in water rescue.

They’re at the scene in boats helping to sort through the wreckage, and request that people who wish to donate money should contact regional associations in:

  1. North Rhine
  2. Westphalia
  3. Rhineland-Palatinate

Donations to the respective accounts should be marked with the keyword “Hochwassereinsatz 2021” as a clear indicator as to what the money is for.

Here’s the DLRG website.

The Foundation for Technical Relief /Stiftung Technisches Hilfswerk (THW)

The Foundation for Technical Relief /Stiftung Technisches Hilfswerk (THW) helps out on the scene of disasters and civil protection, and works with up to 80,000 volunteers across Germany!

The page is in German, but if you scroll down, the donation details are in English too!

Here’s the THW website

Malteser Germany /Malteser Hilfsdienst e.V.

Malteser Germany /Malteser Hilfsdienst e.V. is an organisation with up to 300 volunteers on flood relief missions, with hundreds more on standby.

It also offers non-judgemental spiritual support regardless of faith, gender, sexual orientation or world view.

Keyword: “Nothilfe in Deutschland” (Emergency aid in Germany)

Here’s the Malteser website.

Diakonie Wuppertal

Diakonie Wuppertal is a a regional christian charity.

It is asking for donations for victims of the floods who live in Wuppertal.

Keyword: “Hochwasser” (flood).

Here’s the Diakonie Wuppertal website.

Thanks very much!

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Tragedy has struck Europe.

Could you have ever imagined it?

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Hey everyone!

The last time I “spoke” to you, I wrote about a rabbit!

Not today mate!

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When a strange rabbit came to live in our garden – goodness me. No!

It’s been a while, but I’m sure you haven’t forgotten that even though I live in Germany, I am indeed British.

And a very proud British German at that!

But let me be clear. 

I might be German and a 100% for Europe, but I’m still British, and I’ll be British to the end!

You heard that here first, so let’s get down to the nitty-gritty!

The UK Withdrawal Agreement! What’s that?

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What you need to know about the Brexit withdrawal treaty!

Before we go any further, let me make it clear that I am not a lawyer, so if you need legal advice, go ahead and contact an expert specialised in naturalisation / citizenship matters. This post is based on my personal experience and material provided by the British Embassy in Berlin. For the sake of clarity, this article will focus on Germany.

I assume no liability for the accuracy of the enclosed data.

Right, now that’s out of the way, let’s push on.

The Brexit transition period, otherwise known as the Withdrawal Agreement came full circle on December 31st, 2020.

Brexit video auf Deutsch!

This Agreement sets out the terms of the UK’s withdrawal from the EU, and provides for a deal on Citizens’ Rights.

It set out a transition period which lasted until 31st December 2020.

What this means is that British people who do not have dual citizenship, will no longer be able to move freely within the EU!

As long as you remain resident in Germany at the end of the transition period, you will be covered by the Withdrawal Agreement, and your rights will be protected.

Any rights that are not covered by the Withdrawal Agreement will be the subject of future negotiations.

In plain English, if you’re a British citizen and moved from the UK to Germany or if you’re in Germany and want to move to a different EU country, if you haven’t already requested residency documentation, you’d better hurry up!

The UK Transition – UK in Germany / UK Nationals in the EU
Register your residence in Germany
If you live in Germany, make sure you’re registered!

The Withdrawal Agreement secures:

  • residency
  • the right to work or study
  • access to healthcare, benefits and education
  • lifetime protection of pensions
  • the right to bring existing close family members to live with you

If you live in Germany, click here or here

I’ve been clamouring for years for Brits in Germany to get dual British – German citizenship, however, not all is lost.

In order to secure these rights, you should request a new residence document by 30 June 2021.

The new residence document for UK nationals in Germany (Aufenthaltsdokument-GB)

If you haven’t a clue what I’m talking about or simply tuned everything out in the last few years months, here are some links to get you going:

Residency

UK nationals in Germany should report their residence to their local foreigners authority (Ausländerbehörde) by 30 June 2021.

Missing the deadline will not lead to a loss of Withdrawal Agreement rights however, having an Residence Document GB or Aufenthaltsdokument-GB in the future, will make it easier to prove that you hold those rights.

You’ll need to do so in when travelling internationally, applying for jobs, or making benefit or pension claims.

Anyone who has not yet reported their residence should take action now.

For more info, click here

Driving Licence

30 June is also the date by which UK nationals who were living in Germany before 1 January 2021, must have exchanged their UK driving licence for a German one.

If you haven’t done so yet, you should do so now.

For more info, click here and here

Passport

Please check if you need to renew your British passport now! As a UK national travelling abroad, it must:

  • have at least 6 months left
  • be less than 10 years old (even if it has 6 months or more left)

If you do not renew your passport, you might not be able to travel to most EU countries and Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland.

To check if your passport is valid for travel to Europe, click here

To renew a British passport, click here

NOTE: These rules do not apply to travel to Ireland. You can continue to use your passport as long as it’s valid for the length of your stay.

Citizens’ Rights – EU citizens in the UK and UK nationals in the EU

If you’re not sure of your rights, the UK government has written a document that outlines the rights you can expect from 01.01.21.

For more details click here

Brexit transition – New rules for 2021

Are you worried about the new rules in 2021?

You’re not alone!

‘Best to get up to date information from the UK govt itself. Click here

Visit Europe from 1 January 2021

For everything you need to know if you’re a UK Citizen visiting / travelling to any part of the EU, Switzerland, Norway, Iceland or Liechtenstein, please check details from the official GOV.UK website. Click here

Or read this: Warning! If you’re British, live in Europe and want to travel in 2021, here’s what you need to know!

Brexit!

Need I say more.

As you all know, I’m a very proud British person but as the coronavirus pandemic raged through the world, Britain fell apart and continued it’s thorny path to a hard Brexit. Was it any wonder that British expats in Britain, and beyond, scoured for information as to what to do, and landed on my page?

I’ve personally been through the process and have retained both British & German citizenship. It’s still not too late so if you need any help, I offer a consultancy which you can find here!

Meanwhile, read on:

I don’t usually write about politics on my blog, but that was the beginning of my doing so.

I’m so glad that I live in Germany,‬ because I applied for German nationality a few years ago, and got it!

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Anything Else?

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Changes to rules for UK nationals travelling to Europe
Information for frontier workers

Do you have the new residence document for UK nationals in Germany (Aufenthaltsdokument-GB)?

UK Transition | Time is Running Out.

Stay up to date for the latest up-to-date UK / Germany government info!

For government websites, click here!
  • The Living in Germany guide – Foreign & Commonwealth Office / Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (GOV.UK) – English
  • Living in Europe guide (GOV.UK) – English
  • Residence documentation for UK nationals in Germany guide (GOV.UK) – English
  • Information and events for British citizens in Germany – British Embassy Berlin, British Consulate General Dusseldorf, and British Consulate General Munich (GOV.UK) – English
  • The UK Government’s passport checking tool (GOV.UK) – English
  • Key facts and actions to take information sheet (GOV.UK) – English
  • ‘The Withdrawal Agreement: Your rights & actions you need to take’ booklet (GOV.UK) – English
  • UK in Germany – the British Consulate & Embassy Facebook page – English
  • How to confirm your rights step by step (Guide) – United Kingdom National Support Fund (UKNSF) – English
  • FAQ on Brexit and the online registration form – Berlin Immigration Office – English
  • Online registration for residency if you live in Berlin – Landesamt für Einwanderung, Berlin (LEA) – English
  • Aufenthaltsdokument-GB – Senatsverwaltung für Inneres und Sport / BerlinOnline Stadtportal – German
  • Residence document-GB – Landesamt für Einwanderung, Berlin (LEA) – English
  • Certificate of registration at the main residence (Meldebestätigung) – German
  • Information for UK nationals and their family members about the right of residence provided for in the Withdrawal Agreement – Federal Ministry of the Interior, Building and Community (BMI) – English
  • Guidance on employment rights of UK nationals in Germany – Bundesministerium des Innern, für Bau und Heimat (BMI) – German
  • Guidance on employment rights of UK nationals in Germany – Federal Ministry of the Interior, Building and Community (BMI) – English
  • Q&A – Federal Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs (BMAS) – German
  • The Federal Employment Agency hotline for UK nationals in Germany (Bundesagentur für Arbeit) – English
  • The Federal Government’s Application Notes for the Implementation of the UK-EU Withdrawal Agreement – German
  • The Federal Government’s Application Notes for the Implementation of the UK-EU Withdrawal Agreement – English
  • The UK National Support Fund Programme (UKNSF) – Internationale Organisation für Migration (IOM) Deutschland – German

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Quite frankly, in the political mess that we find ourselves, nobody is a winner!

It’s complicated!

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Hey everyone.

It’s April!

How are you doing?

Nope. Don’t answer that!

Nevertheless, I hope you’re all well?

It’s been a while since I wrote you on this here blog, but I’ve been working at home and using my spare time in our organic garden.

I love gardening, so I’m obsessed with growing as much food as we can.

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Meanwhile, as far as The British Berliner is concerned, I’m always in the various British-German forums on Facebook and literally all over Twitter – my favourite social media platform — so if you haven’t been to Twitter for a while do so now.

When a strange rabbit came to live in our garden – goodness me. No!

And while you’re at it.

Follow me or Like ALL of my tweets.

Go on then.

I’m waiting.

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My last post was on a coronavirus vaccination guide for Expat Berliners.

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So obviously, this is a fun post but if you think I’m joking.

I’m really not!

This actually happened.

Last summer!

I know. Right!

So here’s the story …

When a strange rabbit came to live in our garden – goodness me. No! – Part 1
©Victoria Ade-Genschow – The British Berliner – Berlin – August 2020

So sometime in August, I was minding my own business and merely looking through the garden window as you do, when I saw what I thought to be a dog.

A small dog sprinting across our lawn.

A dog!

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You can see how I thought the rabbit was a fluffy Pomeranian dog. Eek!
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Well, that’s wrong ‘cos even though we love dogs, my husband doesn’t!

So we don’t have dogs at home.

What we do have, are cats.

Two of ’em!

So a dog running across our lawn isn’t an option.

On closer inspection, I found out that it wasn’t a dog.

It was in fact, a cute fluffy rabbit!

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When a strange rabbit came to live in our garden – goodness me. No!
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A rabbit I tell you.

In our garden!

In Berlin!

Now what would a rabbit be doing on our lawn?

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This rabbit decided to make itself at home & munch on our vegetables!
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Making itself at home, munching on our vegetable garden apparently, that’s what!

Well, we can’t have that ‘cos

Remember what I said earlier.

We have cats!

Cats that would delight in “playing” with a very small rabbit!

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I first saw it about 8:30 in the morning and it seemed to disappear thereafter.

But no.

At about 7:30 in the evening, it came back again!

We weren’t really sure what to do as we didn’t want a blood bath on our hands.

Or even worse.

A fox lurking through the garden!

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I might live in a leafy suburb, but Berlin has foxes!

Yep.

I might live in Germany’s capital city, but our leafy suburb of Prenzlauerberg / Pankow, has foxes!

We called the local Animal Shelter who told us to keep an eye on it, and if we still saw it by the weekend, we should call again!

We were extremely worried and concerned that “something might happen,” so we alerted our neighbours.

When a strange rabbit came to live in our garden – goodness me. No! – Part 2
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We put notices up on Facebook, Twitter, and all my social media channels, looking for the owner of a lost rabbit!

We even put a poster in the local neighbourhood newspaper, but to no avail.

There was no response.

Nothing.

Nada.

Was there no child in tears and anguish, longing for their missing pet?

Apparently not!

And worse, because of the pandemic, the Berlin Animal Shelter couldn’t in fact, take the rabbit, neither could the local farmyard in Prenzlauerberg!

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My husband – The Music Producer – getting used to the rabbit that was in and out of our garden, for weeks!
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Oh dear.

So what happened next?

Well, that rabbit was in and out of our garden for almost four weeks!

Until at last, somebody came to claim it.

A person that lived just three gardens down!

And how come they hadn’t seen all our anguish requests of ownership?

Why indeed?

‘Cos they’d been on holiday!

?!#*?!!

Anyhoo, the rabbit went back to its rightful owner, and we could finally “relax” knowing that our cats could roam freely.

And even though we’re in the middle of a global pandemic.

Life was good.

Phew!

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