Disaster In My Region AW Check In Thread (Tornadoes, Floods): Birmingham Alabama Tornado

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Now at 141 deaths/hundreds missing Germany; 27 deaths/103 missing or unable to be contacted Belgium. Still no deaths in the Netherlands, let's hope it holds.

Further evacs in the Netherlands as the water near Wells looks to be reaching higher levels than originally predicted and the dams and emergency measures are likely insufficient to fully protect against flooding. Parts of Haelen and Horn (Netherlands) evacuated a couple hours ago. Emergency sandbag dam at Horn breached. Multiple tiny leaks in various dams in the areas where the worst high water may have passed but waters will still be elevated for several days yet.

Some prime candidates for a Darwin award decided that this is the perfect moment to get into rubber boats and other small watercraft on the flooding Meuse. :e2smack:Yeah, let's do that right while the river's at its highest levels in at least two centuries, moving at far higher speeds than usual, and is filled with sharp, heavy debris like trees and pieces of cars and such. By some miracle no resulting deaths.

On a happier note, emergency services managed to retrieve a cow from the Meuse. She was recovered at Escharen, about a hundred kilometers downstream from Echt where she ended up in the water. Miraculously enough, the cow is in good health.
 

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All those poor people (and unfortunate animals!), I hope it ends soon. I feel particular sympathy for the Dutch. The people of the Netherlands have famously spent so much time and effort keeping back the sea, and now water makes a sneak attack by rain and river!
 

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On a happier note, emergency services managed to retrieve a cow from the Meuse. She was recovered at Escharen, about a hundred kilometers downstream from Echt where she ended up in the water. Miraculously enough, the cow is in good health.
100 kilometers! I want to say, holy cow! But I don't want anyone offended by the pun on such a serious subject.
 
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All those poor people (and unfortunate animals!), I hope it ends soon. I feel particular sympathy for the Dutch. The people of the Netherlands have famously spent so much time and effort keeping back the sea, and now water makes a sneak attack by rain and river!
Although less well-known, we have almost as much of a history of river flooding and efforts keeping the rivers back here in the Netherlands. It probably is the main reason why, although we're taking serious material damage, we've managed to avoid deaths so far.
 
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Eeow! May everyone surviving in flooded areas have whatever they need to survive.

And holding that same thought for everyone in fire country here in the Western US.

Blessings,

Siri Kirpal
 

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I am a thousand miles from the wildfires and the smoke from them has reached my city. The air is noticeably hazy and the sun, which is nowhere near setting yet, is already an angry orangey color.