Flood disaster in Erftstadt: House searches throughout North Rhine-Westphalia

Status: 11.01.2022 12:22 p.m.

In connection with the flood disaster in Erftstadt, 140 police officers and public prosecutors are currently searching offices and apartments in North Rhine-Westphalia and Thuringia. According to the public prosecutor’s office, there is a suspicion of negligent causing a flood and the building risk.

According to the public prosecutor’s office, the gravel pit in Erftstadt should not be sufficiently countered Flood have been protected. There is a suspicion that the southern edge of the gravel pit was not secured by a flood protection wall that complies with the regulations. In addition, the embankments are said to have been steeper than permitted.

Searches also in Bergheim, Erftstadt, Cologne and Dortmund

According to the public prosecutor’s office, this could have led to large amounts of water entering the gravel pit during the flood in mid-July. As a result, the earth was washed away and several houses collapsed. The investigations are directed against the owner and lessor of the opencast mine, against five suspects of the operating company and against employees of the Arnsberg district government.

According to the police, most searches find in Bergheim, Erftstadt, Cologne and Dortmund instead of. Some of the offices also belong to unsuspicious consulting and civil engineering companies as well as expert and surveying offices, it continues.

Those: wdr.de

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