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Floods: images of the past help prepare for the future

August 23, 2005: The Aare river burst its banks and flooded part of the historic center of the city of Bern. (Keystone)

With climate change, the risk of flooding is increasing in Switzerland. But the memory of these extreme events fades within a few years. A University of Bern project aims to reinforce collective memory by calling on citizens for their input.

The deluge was as sudden as it was unexpected. On the night of June 11, a violent storm struck the Swiss city of Lausanne, flooding the streets as well as shops and underpasses. Within ten minutes, 41 liters (11 gallons) of water had fallen per square meter — the equivalent of two weeks’ worth of ‘normal’ rainfall. read more

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