»15 July 2021: The day after the disaster, the sun broke through the clouds. The heavy rain of the previous day had been felt by everyone. The situation in the Ahr valley, the many fatalities, all this could not be imagined at that time.
We drove by car in the direction of the Ahr Valley and reached the village of Dernau in the evening hours. In complete darkness, we drove over the narrow, muddy paths along the vineyards. The cellular network had collapsed. Below us in the valley, a rescue boat drove through the completely flooded 1400-inhabitant village. The light of the rescuers and the SOS signals from a flashlight were the only sources of light. We became witnesses of a catastrophe.