The extremely heavy rain in the Eifel region on July 14 and 15, 2021, also hit the Radio Telescope Effelsberg. It caused flooding in the area of the Rötzelbach and the Effelsbergbach, both of which flow in the area of the observatory. The observatory crew is now busy cleaning up and assessing the damage.
This is made more difficult by the fact that in the course of the flooding, the power and water supply have failed and initially there is also no Internet connection to the outside.
Fortunately, only property damage occurred on the premises of the Effelsberg radio observatory, but staff, MPG and MPIfR colleagues are very concerned about the neighborhood, hoping that the damage to people and property will not get worse.
Image: © Norbert Tacken/MPIfR