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View of the Leipzig stadium, also known as the Red Bull Arena, and the bell tower before the European Football Championship / Photo: Jan Woitas/dpa

Fan zone in Leipzig temporarily closed

Several tens of thousands of fans wanted to celebrate the European Championship match between Portugal and the Czech Republic in Leipzig's fan zone. However, the area was temporarily closed due to the threat of thunderstorms.

A fire engine with flashing blue lights on the road. / Photo: Monika Skolimowska/dpa-Zentralbild/ZB/Symbolic image

Storms in Saxony: focus in the Zwickau area

The storm did not hit the Free State of Saxony as hard this weekend as initially feared. Nevertheless, fire departments were called out to hundreds of incidents, as the rescue control centers reported on Sunday. The Zwickau and Vogtland districts were the focal points. There were a total of 150 weat ..

Flood in Dresden / Photo: Sebastian Kahnert/dpa

Elbe floods drop to alert level 1

The flood level of the Elbe has fallen to alert level 1 at most measuring points in Saxony. The lowest alert level was in force on Sunday at the Dresden gauge, in Schöna on the Czech border and downstream in Riesa. According to an overview by the state flood center, there was no longer a flood warni ..

The Elbe floods against the backdrop of the Frauenkirche at sunrise. The flood situation eases a little / Photo: Sebastian Kahnert/dpa

Elbe floods in Saxony continue to recede

The flooding of the Elbe continues to recede in Saxony. A water level of 5.30 meters was measured at the Dresden gauge on Saturday morning, according to an overview from the state flood center. A day earlier it had been 5.92 meters. Normal is around 2 meters. In the state capital, as well as in Schö ..

The light of the rising sun is reflected in the high water of the Elbe on a cycle path / Photo: Sebastian Kahnert/dpa

City of Dresden raises alert level 3 for Elbe floods

The city of Dresden lifted the alert level 3 it had declared due to the Elbe flooding on Friday. Alert level 2 is now expected to apply until January 1, the administration announced. Originally, it had been predicted that the Elbe would reach a water level of six meters or more. This is the threshol ..

Trees are reflected in the high water of the Elbe on the terrace bank / Photo: Sebastian Kahnert/dpa

Elbe floods: water level lower than expected

The Elbe flood has reached its highest level in Saxony. The maximum water level remained lower than initially forecast. The risk of flooding has now been completely averted for the other rivers in Saxony, the State Environment Agency announced on Friday. The city of Dresden began dismantling a flood ..

The Kelbra dam is drained into the Helme river in a controlled manner yesterday. / Photo: Heiko Rebsch/dpa

Discharged water from reservoir threatens villages in Thuringia

The increased water level of the Helme after the release of water from the Kelbra dam in Saxony-Anhalt is endangering a village in Thuringia, according to the authorities. The village of Nikolrausrieth in the Kyffhäuserkreis district is affected, a spokesperson for the Ministry of the Interior annou ..

A car broke down in a flooded underpass. / Photo: Frank Rumpenhorst/dpa/archive image

23 million euros in damage caused by severe weather in Saxony

Car insurers had to spend around 23 million euros on damage caused by severe weather in Saxony last year. This is roughly the same level as the previous year, according to figures released by the German Insurance Association (GDV) on Wednesday. In both 2021 and 2022, about 7500 losses due to storms, ..