Heavy rainfall events have increased significantly in recent years and have led to flood disasters and flooding events. Especially in the months of June to August, there will be more frequent isolated heavy rainfall in the Federal Republic instead of large-scale continuous rainfall.
In order for the county of Fulda to be warned of heavy rain events and to be able to react, the heavy rain early alarm system is being implemented with EDAG Production Solutions GmbH & Co. KG (EDAG PS) and the company Spekter.
The first sensors will be deployed in 4 pilot communities in the county this year and the walk-throughs of the first areas for the sensors have already taken place. EDAG PS will install the sensors from Spekter in the selected communities in the coming weeks. In 2023, the early alarm system for heavy rainfall is to be rolled out across the entire county. This will be done in close cooperation with the regional authorities, such as the Lower Water Authority and the hazard prevention department of the Fulda county and the Office of Soil Management.
To ensure that citizens are involved in the project right from the start, EDAG PS has developed a defect reporter https://www.starkregen-fulda.de/melder. On the website, experiences with heavy rain events can be digitally recorded and communicated. The information from citizens is important to assist in the positioning of additional sensors in the district. In addition to the information already available from heavy rain hazard maps and data from the German Weather Service, the shared events from citizens are an informative basis for creating a county-wide network of heavy rain early alarm system sensors.