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Rhine level in Cologne continues to fall: Only 8 centimeters away from the record low


The Rhine is sinking: the level in Cologne is currently only 75 centimeters. What are the implications? Photos show the extent of the low water.

The Rhine is sinking: the level in Cologne is currently only 75 centimeters.

What are the implications?

Photos show the extent of the low water.

Cologne – A real heat wave rolled over Cologne in August too: Temperatures of over 30 degrees and a lack of rain showers are not only a problem for the people of Cologne – the Cologne Rhine is also suffering.

The level keeps dropping.

The Rhine level in Cologne is currently less than one meter.

The Stadtentwasserungsbetriebe (StEB) report a water level in Cologne of just 75 centimeters for Monday, August 15 (as of 10:15 a.m.), reports 24RHEIN.

Rhine in Cologne: This is how the level has recently changed

Cologne Rhine level:


75 centimeters

August 15, 2022

80 centimeters

August 13, 2022

84 centimeters

August 12, 2022

87 centimeters

August 11, 2022

90 centimeters

August 10, 2022

91 centimeters

August 9, 2022

Source: StEB

Water level in Cologne: Rhine continues to dry up – will a new record be reached?

This is significantly less than usual.

The normal water level of the Rhine near Cologne is 3.21 meters.

The current level of the Rhine in Cologne is therefore well below the average value.

But has a new record already been broken?


In October 2018, the Rhine level in Cologne was only 67 centimeters.

It will take a while before this value is cracked.

The current level is still 8 centimeters from the record low.

If the current trend continues, i.e. the Rhine level in Cologne should drop nine centimeters again within three days, a new record low could be reached on Tuesday.

Low Rhine level in Cologne: Effects on shipping

Nevertheless, there are already initial effects on shipping in Cologne.

Larger ships may have to reduce their cargo significantly, a spokesman for the water center in Duisburg, the central office for water affairs in NRW, recently explained to 24RHEIN demand.

The low water level is also noticeable on the pleasure boats operated by Köln-Düsseldofer Deutsche Rheinschifffahrt GmbH.

"Due to the current low water situation, the trips in the scheduled trip at 09:30 a.m. from Cologne to the Siebengebirge can only be offered up to Königswinter.

The trips to Linz are cancelled.

The reason for this is that the moorings on this route are not deep enough, ”said Nicole Becker, spokeswoman for KD Deutsche Rheinschifffahrt, to 24RHEIN.

The regulation has been in effect since July 19.

However, smaller ships can travel unhindered on the Cologne Rhine, because the fairway in Cologne is significantly deeper than 87 centimeters.

Crossing the Rhine on foot is therefore still not possible.

Rhine near Cologne: Where are the level records?

Highest high tide and lowest low tide


Flood record:

13.84 meters (February 27/28, 1784)


Low water record:

67 centimeters (October 23, 2018)


Average level:

2.97 meters (from November 1, 2011 to October 31, 2020)

Low water: Falling Rhine level exposes grenades and ammunition

In addition, the city of Cologne warns against walks along the Rhine due to the low level.

The danger: "Sometimes it's cartridges, then grenades again," explains the city.

“On Sunday evening (August 7th), walkers discovered a grenade from the First World War near Poll.

The explosive ordnance disposal service transported the duds away in the evening."

Further finds of explosive ordnance are quite possible due to the low Rhine, which is why the city is appealing: "In order not to put anyone in danger, the city is asking all walkers not to walk on the banks of the Rhine at the moment."

Anyone who finds a suspicious object should leave the area and immediately dial the telephone number for the police (110), the fire brigade (112) or the security service (0221/221-32000), the city explains.

From there, all necessary measures are initiated immediately.

Bonn is also currently warning of ammunition and grenades on the Rhine.


List of rubrics: © Guido Schiefer/Imago

Source: merkur

All news articles on 2022-08-15

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