The Copernicus Emergency Management Service (CEMS) forecasts, notifies and monitors devastating floods in Germany, Netherlands, Belgium and Switzerland

The European Flood Awareness System (EFAS) of the Copernicus Emergency Management Service supports the national authorities with complementary flood forecast information. On 9 and 10 July, the EFAS forecasts started indicating a high probability of flooding for the Rhine River basin, affecting Switzerland and Germany. Subsequent forecasts also predicted a high risk of flooding in the Meuse river basin affecting in particular Belgium and EFAS sent more than 25 notifications for specific regions of the Rhine and Meuse in the following days until 14 July. On 13 July, the CEMS Rapid Mapping component was activated to start mapping floods in parts of Western Germany. On 14 July the Belgian authorities requested the activation of the CEMS Rapid Mapping Component and subsequently on 16 July also the Dutch authorities requested the mapping of an affected area. In total 27 flood monitoring maps were delivered for Germany, 4 for Belgium and 1 for the Netherlands. More details on the flood monitoring maps can be found in the EMS Information bulletin n. 144. The EFAS forecasts for the event in July are publicly accessible on the EFAS map viewer https://www.efas.eu/efas_frontend/#/home

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EMS Information bulletin n. 144
https://emergency.copernicus.eu/mapping/ems/copernicus-emergency-management-service-forecasts-notifies-and-monitors-devastating-floods

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