One week has gone fighting the flooding in eastern Germany. Unfortunately, we didn’t have to help a lot.
The superior unit assigned our unit as reserves and, at least my platoon, only moved out twice.
The whole operation started Wednesday afternoon when we got alarmed and had to be ready to move out at some point in the evening. We were. We didn’t get orders to move. We waited. Thursday everyone was highly motivated to go and help the people, but again we waited. In the early afternoon, we finally boarded the bus, trucks, and other vehicles and started rolling. Because we left relatively late and the convoy moved slow, we stayed the night at a training ground. The next morning we continued to another training ground from where we finally got to work.
Saturday. After two days on the road and three days of basically doing nothing, we got the order to support a dike. It was a great feeling to help others, and it was even more amazing that civilians and military worked together. For 7-8 hours we worked until we got relieved.
Sunday. The toughest day. In the morning we had to ready up, and we left to help loading sandbags on trucks. We did that for quite a while. Our platoon got split up and while one half loaded the trucks the other half supported a dike. Later on, I switched to the dike-building half and helped there. At 8 pm we were supposed to be relieved, but we moved to another dike and helped there for another three hours. Finally, at midnight we were back.
Monday. We had to evacuate the training ground because a dike close to the town broke and we moved to a town’s gym hall where we stayed until today. While it was ok to rest, the next two days were horrible.
Tuesday-Thursday. Rested and ready to kick the tide’s ass we waited for orders that never came. Bored to death, we tried to make the day go by fast, but that didn’t work that well. I finished the book I bought on Thursday while the bus had to get gas in no time (although I wanted to finish it on the way back) and Dan Brown’s “Inferno” is at 50%. That’s how bored we were. But the hall was next to a school, and the guys on the trucks let the kids go in the trucks and that maybe was the only good thing about the two days of nothing.
Today we finally got the order to return…
Although we weren’t able to help as much as we all wanted to it was a success. Even though it only were two days we did something we helped and showed the people that we are there.
My opinion about the whole high-tide thing is that everyone waited too long. The water didn’t just come Wednesday it was a problem before, and everyone waited and did nothing. The past decade since the last high tide should have been used to prevent destruction. Ah well, for me it’s over now. I hope the people who had to move out and who lost their home and everything will get back on their feet soon.