June 11, 2013
Severe flooding in Europe



The provinces Upper Austria, Lower Austria and Vienna have been hit hard by floods and are currently experiencing the worst floods since 2002. Months worth of rain, fell in just four days, so hundreds of people have had to evacuate their homes or had to be rescued by the fire fighters in boats or by helicopter, as the flood water continues to rise. Many roads and rail tracks are impassable. The mobile protective dam walls in Lower Austria (Wachau) are being tested to their limits, however parts have already been flooded. The Inn River in Upper Austria (Schärding) rose over the mobile protective dam walls and has flooded the entire city. Some cities along the Danube have been declared as disaster zones. Once the water levels drop, the vrs SSP GmbH task force is ready and waiting to assist with claims.


Czech Republic:

States of emergency have been declared in 7 regions. In Prague the river Vltava rose to levels last seen in 2002. There was heavy flooding in western regions of the Czech Republic and most of Bohemia. Thousands of people have been evacuated from their homes.

The Czech office of vrs SSP GmbH is already handling claims and is strongly supported by colleagues from the parent company in Austria.



States of emergency have been declared for parts of Bavaria, Saxony, Thuringia and Baden-Wurtemberg after torrential rain forced the rapid rise of many rivers. Many dykes and dams have been unable to withstand the force of the water, forcing thousands of people to evacuate their homes. While in Brandenburg and Niedersachsen water levels are slowly sinking, a burst dyke has caused horrendous flooding east of the river Elbe in Sachsen-Anhalt.

The vrs Gielisch CAT Team is already actively providing support to insureds in Dresden and handling claims in southern Germany. With 14 offices throughout Germany vrs Gielisch is in an ideal position to react swiftly to their clients requests for assistance.



The vrs Adjusters global CAT team is also on standby and ready to assist their European colleagues at a moment's notice.


For more information, please contact our Global CAT Team Leader, Mike Weatherhead:

Mobile: +44 7850 200 244 / mweatherhead@vrsadjusters.com