First the water, then fire: there is chaos in Leichlingen, a town with a population of 27,000. The fire brigade did not come to a fire with their regular fire engines – and needed a helicopter, among other things.
A fire broke out in a flooded street in Leichlingen in the Rheinisch-Bergisches Kreis. The column of smoke stood high above the city on Thursday morning, and the “NINA” warning app asked the population to keep windows and doors closed.
Big problem: the fire brigade did not come to the burning house with their regular emergency vehicles. Therefore, according to information from a reporter on site, the fire brigades from Cologne and Monheim am Rhein, among others, were requested with boats. As the “Rheinische Post” reported later, the fire was ultimately extinguished by using a helicopter and two special vehicles with a high wheelbase.
The city center of Leichlingen is completely flooded by the extreme rainfall. The Wupper has swelled into a raging river and presses further and further into the city. Flotsam collects on closed bridges, gas pipes running underneath are said to be damaged. Cars float in the water. Parts of the city were evacuated on Wednesday evening.