European Flood – Preliminary Inundation Footprint Now Available

 In Event News

Catastrophic flooding in multiple regions across Europe this week was caused by excessive rainfall as rivers and reservoirs burst their banks, leading to flash flooding.

Germany, Belgium, Luxembourg and the Netherlands were all impacted, with Germany’s Ahrweiler district being the hardest hit. The image above shows the flooded banks of Rhine river in Koblenz, Rhineland-Palatinate.

While rescue efforts to date are focused on recovering missing people, significant property damage is expected. KatRisk’s preliminary flood inundation footprint is now available in EigenPrism.

Assessing the impact

For subscribers of KatRisk real-time European flood footprints within EigenPrism, theEurope Preliminary Inland Flood Inundation Footprint’ is available for analysis. This footprint [image above] shows the median (50th percentile) maximum estimated inundation depth for this event as of July 15th. More conservative 80th and 90th percentile estimates are also available. These footprints, updated daily are generated with a combination of globally available precipitation data (NOAA CPC) and forecast data ( NOAA GFS ensemble).

If you’re not a KatRisk subscriber but would like access to the flood footprint, please contact us.

Monitoring Excessive Rainfall Events


METCON (Meteorological Connections LLC) provides 3-day and 5-day precipitation-based flood forecasts for Europe. When alerts are set on these forecasts, users are notified of the potential impact on their exposures. The forecasts contain flood potential determined using the past 1 day of satellite-derived precipitation plus the next 5 days of weather model forecasted precipitation, compared to historical maximums.

Given the amount of rainfall in western Europe earlier this week, the alert notifications provided users with timely notice of the flood potential.

EigenAlerts provide automated notifications via email and text message with key metrics to estimate impact:

  • Customized and mobile enabled
  • Updated as forecasts and advisories change

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