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‘I did not drown, but I was afraid I would freeze to death’ says Santa Catarina | Santa Catarina

A Marcela da Silva Amandio of Santa Catarina, whose house was destroyed In Germany, during the floods that hit the city where he lived, he recalled moments of fear and apprehension he lived with his daughter and husband when he tried to leave the property in Bad Nieuhner-Ahrweiler. The The family had to look for shelter in a high place on the roof of another neighbor’s apartment. The city of Germany was flooded on Wednesday night (14). Marcella stays at a friend’s house and says that the water and electricity at that place are not yet normalized.

“It’s the worst night of my life, I do not want anyone. I did not drown, but I was so scared of freezing to death. We hugged each other all night, that’s what kept us warm,” Marcella said.

From her Cloudy, South of Santa Catarina, and he announced difficulties in leaving the property. (See below). Marcela’s mother Christiani Alves da Silva, who lives in Santa Catarina, said the family also had to face temperatures of 13ºC. “Even though it was already summer, that night was very cold because it rained a lot,” he said. Marcella sent her mother videos showing where they were staying. (See below).

Santa Catarina shows where the family suffered after the floods in Germany

Santa Catarina shows where the family suffered after the floods in Germany

“It was a night of panic I will never want to remember. But thank you for being alive. Today, what happened to me came true, and I started to cry because it all seems unreal,” says Marcella.

The family stayed from 11:00 pm to 6:00 am and took refuge in the slab roof of the apartment next door. According to Marcella, when the water receded slightly, the two men used a ladder and a table to get to where the family was. The water, according to her, was fully submerged only at 10am.

“[Nas ruas] There were piles and piles of logs and cars. Three, four meters. It was scary, ”he recalled.

Marcela Amandio tells how her family was protected during the floods in Germany
Marcela Amandio tells how her family was protected during the floods in Germany

Marcela Amandio tells how her family was protected during the floods in Germany

As Heavy flooding turned the streets into rivers with violent currents, Which hit cars, uprooted trees and caused the collapse of some buildings. Dams in Germany and Belgium are at risk of breaking. Rain disrupts Netherlands and France (See pictures of the flood in the video below).

More than 170 deaths due to floods in Europe have been confirmed until this morning (17) morning. There were 143 in Germany.

The video shows when water is advancing in Germany
The video shows when water is advancing in Germany

The video shows when water is advancing in Germany

View of Marcela’s family residence – Photo: Christiani Alves / Personal Archive

“We have no energy, no water. We were able to go to the market to buy groceries. I use candles because we do not have a forecast for the light to turn on, it can take months,” he says.

Due to the lack of energy and internet, family and friends use their cell phones to send messages to family members in Brazil.

Brazil talks about the support of friends after a house was destroyed in a flood in Germany
Brazil talks about the support of friends after a house was destroyed in a flood in Germany

Brazil talks about the support of friends after a house was destroyed in a flood in Germany

Since September 2020, Marcela has been living in Germany with her husband and their 7-year-old daughter. The city where the family lives is the capital of the Ahrville district.

Marcela says she was at home with her family on the day of the flood and did not think the water would rise so quickly.

“My turn [de subir], I did not succeed, but my husband, I do not know where he got the strength, pushed me. I thought I was going to fall into the water, but I was able to catch myself and climb to the top. It was really a divine force, “he recalled.

Video: Storm causes floods in Germany and Belgium;  There are the dead
Video: Storm causes floods in Germany and Belgium;  There are the dead

Video: Storm causes floods in Germany and Belgium; There are the dead

After the scare, Marcella contacted her mother, who lives in Santa Catarina. He not only calmed the family members, but also sent videos showing the path of destruction caused by the rains. The furniture in his house was covered in mud and the car he bought two months ago disappeared in the mud.

“We are trying to bring Amanda and her daughter to Brazil because there [na Alemanha] Conditions are dangerous today. But her husband will stay and they will come back as soon as everything is normal, “said Marcella’s mother Christiani Alves da Silva.

Rain and floods in Europe: Storm kills dozens in Germany and Belgium and affects cities in the Netherlands and France – Photo: Amanda Pace / G1

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