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Tuesday 27, June

Fallen trees, flooded streets: Heavy rains hit Berlin

Violent rains tore through Berlin on Monday afternoon, flooding the streets and bringing down trees.

Heavy rains hit Berlin on Monday afternoon. Photo: IMAGO / Jochen Eckel

Tuesday 27, June

Fallen trees, flooded streets: Heavy rains hit Berlin

Berlin was hit with a dramatic storm yesterday afternoon which saw the emergency services called out over 400 times to deal with everything from fallen trees to flooded basements and blocked railway lines.

Dramatic videos shared on social media saw high winds and violent rains ripping through the city, with cars and motorbikes driving through flooded streets and U-Bahn stations transformed into temporary waterfalls. And it might not be over yet: there is another storm warning for Tuesday, though the sunshine is expected to return later in the week.

As Berlin faces increasing incidences of extreme weather, some of the city’s infrastructure is failing. The heavy rains saw a rainwater pipe burst at the Technical University (TU) flooding the physics department and leading the University President to comment that “Weather conditions like today reveal the dilapidated state of construction… There is an urgent need for action.”

Last week, heavy rainfall left the city’s water pipe systems overflowing, causing contaminated water to flow from the streets into the sewer, resulting in the death of hundreds of fish in the Landwehr Canal.