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    Wertheim Floods

    June 19, 2016 in Germany ⋅ 16 °C

    Flooding is one of Germany's most devastating and costliest natural disasters, periodically affecting hundreds of communities, particularly those located along the Main River. Wertheim being located at the confluence of two rivers, the Main and the Tauber, is particularly vulnerable.

    Flooding in Wertheim is not a recent phenomenon. High water levels have been marked on the walls of buildings going back as early as 1595. Many of these markings can be seen on the sides of several medieval buildings in the historical district. In recent years, severe flooding has occurred in 1970, 1982, 1995, 1998, and 2003. This photo taken near the town centre shows the same area during the 2003 flood. One wonders how these old buildings are able to withstand repeated flooding episodes and remain habitable.
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