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Date: August 17, 2002 at 13:27:48
From: Carmen Winkler, [pd9e881cf.dip0.t-ipconnect.de]
Subject: flood catastrophe in Dresden


Dear steamboaters,

as you might have read we wanted to do a short trip to Dresden to ride some of the nine historic sidewheelers. But we had to cancel the trip because of that unbelievable flood catastrophe. The water rose up to 9.40 m, a level that was never measured in history. The Elbe river carries nearly five times as much water as normally. Normally we have low water in August, a normal water level is about 2 m. The historic downtown district of Dresden including the famous Zwinger castle, the Semper opera house and the Frauenkirche church (which was destroyed by WWII and is under reconstruction) is flooded. 2 thirds of Saxony are or were flooded. In some villages the mud left over by the water was 2 m high. We had severe floods in Germany (Saxony / Elbe river and side rivers / creeks and Bavaria / Danube river), Austria (Danube river) and the Czech Republic (Elbe and Moldau rivers) because of very heavy rains for about two weeks. You might have seen pictures in your TV news or your newspapers. If you want to help please read the official announcement of the Free State of Saxony which follows this posting.

Greetings from Munich, Germany

Carmen Winkler

Official Statement of the Free State of Saxony (www.sachsen.de):

The Minister President establishes donation accounts to support the victims of the flood catastrophe in Saxony

Saxony has been afflicted by one of the worst flood catastrophes. Therefore, Prof. Dr. Georg Milbradt, the Minister President of the Free State of Saxony, established two donation accounts to support the victims of the flood catastrophe:

Stadtsparkasse Dresden (Germany)
Account No.: 348 0351 00
Bank Code: 850 551 42
Keyword: Flutkatastrophe (flood catastrophe)
Recipient: Freistaat Sachsen (Free State of Saxony)

Dresdner Bank Dresden (Germany)
Account No.: 040 551 2300
Bank Code: 850 800 00
Keyword: Flutkatastrophe (flood catastrophe)
Recipient: Freistaat Sachsen (Free State of Saxony)

Donation Hotlines:
Central Donation Hotline +49-351-564 10 80
(from 6 a.m. to 12 p.m.)
Material Donations +49-351-564 57 23


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