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Flood protection for Lauenburg, Schleswig-Holstein

In the summer of 2013, the Elbe river flooded the old town of Lauenburg. The most southern town of Schleswig-Holstein had never seen such water masses before. Both historic buildings and countless livelihoods were at risk from the extent of the flooding. People were used to water levels of 4.50 m, but this time, the Elbe river rose to 9.64 m. The images of that week dominated the news far beyond the north of Germany.

The facts.

WK Consult deliverables:
Project planning
Structural design
Environmental impact assessment
On-site construction management
Planning approval procedures

Construction volume:
approx. EUR 7 million

The task.

Suitable flood protection can only work with a two-fold mode of action: on the one hand, it must protect the affected area against incoming surface water; on the other hand, inner city drainage must also be ensured during a flood event.

In order to preserve the historic townscape in its current form, the design of the flood protection must give due account to heritage protection. The urban flood protection structures to be planned are located in the east of the listed old town. The planned route of the flood protection wall stretches from Ruferplatz in the west and the ‘Lösch- und Ladeplatz’ car park to the eastern property boundary of Hitzler shipyard.