In West Germany, police were trying to trace twenty-two people on Monday (26 March) after a dam-burst on the Rhine-Main-Danube Canal near Nuremberg.
In West Germany, police were trying to trace twenty-two people on Monday (26 March) after a dam-burst on the Rhine-Main-Danube Canal near Nuremberg. A section of the canal, at present under construction, burst its banks near the city, sending a flood wave through the Nuremberg suburb of Katzwang.
SYNOPSIS: The water gushed through a fifty-feet-wide breach in the canal wall, and flooded through the suburb. A twelve-year-old girl was drowned when a two-metre (six feet) wave swept her away. Some two thousand residents were evacuated from their homes. by police and West German Army personnel using helicopters. Damage to property and the canal itself was estimated at several million deutschmarks. Police say ten houses were destroyed, or were in danger of collapsing. Police were hoping that the twenty-two missing people were staying with relatives in other parts of the city. Those who were evacuated from their homes after the alarm was given were able to return once the flood waters had subsided a few hours later.
Workmen immediately began to clear the rubble from the burst wall of the canal, where construction had been going on. Called the new Europe Canal, it will provide a link between the Black Sea and the North Sea. The section where the canal burst has not yet been opened to traffic.