What a difference 100 days makes: Photos show the recovery in a German town after devastating floods

A 100 days on since one of the deadliest European floods in decades has seen wrecked towns in Germany building their communities back up as they clean through the damage and toil.

This July Belgium, the Netherlands, Germany, and France were hit by days heavy rainfall and floods which claimed over 196 lives across worst-hit Germany and Belgium. 

The natural disaster left devastated areas with billions of euros worth of damages. Bad Münstereifel, a town in the district of Euskirchen, Germany was one of the worst affected.

Villages in the region were evacuated with 4,500 told to flee their homes after cracks started appearing in the dam holding back the nearby Steinbach reservoir. At the time engineers warned the dam was dangerously close to collapse after a huge amount of water was dumped into the reservoir as three months’ worth of rain fell on the region in just one week.

Photos showing the effects of clean-up efforts show the historic spa town gradually recover from the damage caused by the floods.

Overflowing water several feet deep and ruined roads and infrastructure appear to slowly be rehabilitating from one of the worst ecological disasters in a generation three months later. 

Water several feet deep ran through the paths in Bad Münstereifel this July

Water several feet deep ran through the paths in Bad Münstereifel this July

Work is still being done today but the town is on the slow path to recovery

Work is still being done today but the town is on the slow path to recovery

Deep water ran through the roads of the small town earlier this summer as houses and businesses dealt with water damage to the buildings. Three months on, work to recuperate the community still continues with slow and steady progress

Some of the town's most beloved spots were unrecognisable from the damage

Some of the town's most beloved spots were unrecognisable from the damage

Three months on, the devastated town centre appears to be in a better place from clean-up efforts

Three months on, the devastated town centre appears to be in a better place from clean-up efforts

Bad Münstereifel’s town centre, usually a popular area with tourists, was badly damaged this July. Clean-up efforts are seeing the collapsed infrastructure and water damage slowly transform it back to a beautiful, scenic canal-side spot

Bad Münstereifel was one of the worst hit towns during the floods which wrecked Europe in July

Bad Münstereifel was one of the worst hit towns during the floods which wrecked Europe in July

Now, 100 days on, the damage is far from fixed but the town has come far in its recovery

Now, 100 days on, the damage is far from fixed but the town has come far in its recovery

Villages in the region were evacuated with 4,500 told to flee their homes after cracks started appearing in the dam holding back the nearby Steinbach reservoir. Photos from today show the damaged roads being built back up from the flooding 

Water from the Erft River which runs through the town burst through and submerged it

Water from the Erft River which runs through the town burst through and submerged it

Roadworks and clean-up efforts have helped Bad Münstereifel begin its slow transformation back to the scenic town it once was

Roadworks and clean-up efforts have helped Bad Münstereifel begin its slow transformation back to the scenic town it once was

Roads were ruined in the devastating floods this July and the natural disaster left devastated areas with billions of euros worth of damages. Pictures from Bad Münstereifel show seemingly promising progress that town is on its path to recovery

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