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Europe's catastrophic flooding was forecast well in advance – what went so wrong?

By Hannah Cloke, Professor of Hydrology, University of Reading
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Almost 200 people dead and many others still missing. Billions of euros’ worth of damage. Communities devastated. Thousands of homes destroyed and their occupants traumatised.

I am a flood forecaster who helped to set up the forecasting system that was used to predict the recent floods in Germany and surrounding countries. I saw days in advance that they were coming. I read reports of rainfall and river levels rising. And then I watched with growing…


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