RRT serve soldiers in Düsseldorf
This year, the public holiday weekend known in Germany as “Pfingsten” was the hottest on record. After a weekend of extreme heat, ranging in some areas to over 35 degrees Celcius, violent storms hit the state of North Rhine-Westphalia. The Düsseldorf region was worst hit by the extreme thunderstorms, which caused severe damage and killed 6 people. Hurricane Ela struck at 9pm on the Monday 9 June. As winds of up to 150 km/h pounded Düsseldorf and its surroundings, the storm left severe damage in its wake.
With the airport closed, railway services paused and public transport brought to a standstill, Dusseldorf was facing an emergency situation. Powerlines and trees were blocking roads everywhere and first response personnel were being called in to assist. Some of the fallen trees measured in excess of 1 meter in diameter which made it impossible for the fire brigade to clear them from the streets. Falling trees also damaged numerous vehicles. One destroyed a shed, tragically killing 3 people who were using it to shelter, and two cyclists also lost their lives in the same manner.