The port of Hamburg has state-of-the-art flood defence facilities and works according to the latest methods of Storm surge research.
There is, however, no hundred percent safety from the dangers of flood and storm surge. The faster we react, the lower the risk. This is true not only for the HPA. Port operators and the population in the vicinity of the harbor should also be well informed in order to react properly in case of emergency.
If there is danger of high water levels, the Hamburg Storm Surge Warning Service WADI is consulted.
WADI assesses various water level and weather data measurements to create an accurate prognosis for the entry of high water into the port of Hamburg.
Values of more than 4.5m above sea level are considered severe storm surges. WADI now provides all significant water level prognoses.
In short: information, preparation, attention.
If your residence or business is located in an area at risk, you should be aware of the dangers, warning channels and escape routes from the risk zone.
Prepare for an emergency by verifying protective measures and escape routes on your own property. Last but not least: If you are in danger, pay close attention to the radio broadcasts or make use of the WADI and city of Hamburg information services.
You can also use the free SMS warning service of the Department of the Interior and Sport and the Hamburg Port Authority (HPA). This will keep you informed of closures or evacuations in a timely manner.
Due to precise forecasts, we buy time to warn the population of dangers, prepare for closures and withdrawals, as well as evacuations. WADI provides the port authorities and agencies, as well as public authorities, with warnings and forecasts through a special message recipient. Port companies and the population in the port are warned via various channels:
About eight hours before the expected high water
Starting about nine hours before the expected high water at shorter intervals
With special message recipient
As a signal to observe the radio warnings
Via vans with loudspeakers – especially if there is a danger of dyke bursts
For individual locations
For the city and port of Hamburg via FLUTWARN HAFEN
If an evacuation is decided by flood risk, the affected companies and residents are first informed about the radio, WADI radio or sirens.
Employees in the companies leave the port, normally in their own vehicles. If the evacuation takes place in the busy time, compulsory traffic is carried out, in which the individual areas are closed off.
The following services will provide you with information about the expected water levels in the coming hours:
Tel: +49 40 42899-1111
Tel: +49 40 319031-90
Tel: +49 40 42847-3285
Tel: +49 40 31595-1 and -2
Right before the flood the most low-lying streets within the port...
get closed off and evacuated. Those are:
Further streets will be closed down in sections. You can see those streets in the map.
The prohibition and evacuation area I including the zones 1 to 4...
will be partly or completely closed off. There will be a partial closure in case of a sea level up to NN + 5.50 m and a complete closure when it's higher than NN + 5.50 m. You can see the areas affected by the prevailing evacuations in the map.
Employees in those areas have to look for shelter or leave the port. This includes:
Companies within the polders may decide whether to send their employees home or to continue working.
The whole port area will be closed off and evacuated.
The evacuation will be announced through radio and the WADI-radio. All employees and residents have to leave the port!
Sole exception of this order are employees working for the emergency service or the defence against the flood. They're allowed to enter and remain in the port if they carry a official emergency service permit. Port companies may apply for those permits at the HPA.
During low-traffic times on weekdays between 6pm and 6am, Saturdays, Sundays, and bank holidays, the evacuation will use normal roads. Defence forces and protective forces use the same roads to enter the port.
In the event of evacuation during high-traffic time periods (weekdays between 6am and 6pm), a traffic management system will be imposed with closures between the individual evacuation areas:
Be familiar with escape routes
In the event of a storm surge, you may no longer leave the port in the way of your choosing. Both of the maps below show possible escape routes out of evacuation zones I and II depending on the expected maximum water level.
Your contact for questions about the storm surge prevention and acute danger situations.
Hamburg Port Authority
Neuer Wandrahm 4
Fax: +49 40 42847-2882
Herr Freund, Telefon: +49 40 42847-2288
Herr Rexhausen,Telefon: +49 40 42847-2887
Hamburger Sturmflutwarndienst (WADI)
Telephone announcement of the current storm flood predictions (BSH und WADI)
Telephone: +49 40 42899-1111
Behörde für Inneres und Sport (BIS)
Telephone: +49 40 42828-0
Herr Dührkop, Telefon: +49 40 42854-5137
Herr Wäschei, Telefon: +49 40 42854-3318
Platz der Republik 1
Telefon: +49 40 42811-1772 oder-2072
Wentorfer Straße 38
Herr Fröhling, Telefon: +49 40 42891-2037
Herr Vincenti, Telefon: +49 40 42871-3646
Herr Peltz, Telefon: +49 40 42871-3645