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Floods In Germany Damaged The Railway Network To The Tune Of 1 5 Billion

On Friday, Germany’s national railway operator estimated that last week’s flooding cost its network 1.3 billion euros ($1.5 billion), providing yet another picture of the destruction.
Officials are still trying to figure out how much the floods in western Germany and eastern Belgium cost overall. German Chancellor Angela Merkel stated this week that the damage is “immense” and that it will take a long time to recover.
At least 177 people perished in the flooding in Germany, with another 31 deaths recorded in Belgium, bringing the total death toll to 208.
More than 50 bridges, 180 level crossings, roughly 40 signal boxes, over 1,000 electric and signal masts, as well as energy and lighting systems and station elevators were damaged, according to Deutsche Bahn.
“Our infrastructure has never been devastated to this level in one go,” said Volker Hentschel, a member of the company’s DB Netz infrastructure division’s board of directors.
According to him, the water inflicted roughly 1.3 billion euros in damage to the railway network and stations.
The government, which controls Deutsche Bahn, has promised to get restoration efforts underway as soon as possible.
It would take “months, if not years” to rebuild everything, according to Hentschel, though the company expects to replace 80% of the damaged infrastructure by the end of the year.

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