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The Rhine Valley Partially Flooded and Road Blocked in Ticino

The Rheinvorland in the St. Gallen Rhine Valley has been partially flooded due to heavy rainfall. The peak of the flood is expected on Monday afternoon. In Ticino, roads have been closed and drinking water has been contaminated in some places due to the heavy rains that have been going on for days. The Rheinvorland has been closed between Kriessern and the Bodenseemündung on Monday. According to Ralph Dietsche, spokesperson for the International Rhine Regulation, the Rhine is carrying as much water as it does only about every 20 years. Up to 2400 cubic meters of water per second is expected at Diepoldsau. This will cause further flooding of the Rheinvorland. Civil protection has been deployed. So far, no inhabited areas have been affected by the Rhine flood. According to the International Rhine Regulation, no damage has been reported. In St. Gallen, the fire brigade was called to 14 operations due to the continuous rainfall during the night. In Ticino, the road to Bleniotal has been closed due to the risk of flooding. According to SRF Meteo, 300.5 millimeters of rain per square meter fell in Biasca in 48 hours. A warning of bad weather continues in the southern canton until Monday noon. In Graubünden, the situation remains tense due to the rainfall since Saturday night. The fire brigade and municipal services are on duty and new damage is reported continuously. The Sufnerstausee was partially drained on Sunday to prevent it from overflowing. The A13 was protected from flooding with sandbags. A part of the Averstal, a side valley on the San Bernardino route, was still cut off due to environmental concerns. The Val S-Charl in the Lower Engadine, which is hardly inhabited but popular with hikers, was also not accessible by land. According to Meteonews, there is a risk of flooding, mudslides and landslides in the south and in the northern adjacent regions until Tuesday night. In the south, significantly more than 200 liters per square meter and in the north up to or locally over 150 liters are expected. Heavy rainfall has caused flooding in the Rheinvorland in the St. Gallen Rhine Valley, with the peak of the flood expected on Monday afternoon. In Ticino, roads have been closed and drinking water has been contaminated. The International Rhine Regulation has reported no damage. In St. Gallen, the fire brigade was called to 14 operations due to the continuous rainfall. In Ticino, the road to Bleniotal has been closed due to the risk of flooding. In Graubünden, the situation remains tense due to the rainfall since Saturday night, with the Sufnerstausee partially drained on Sunday to prevent it from overflowing. Meteonews has warned of a risk of flooding, mudslides and landslides in the south and in the northern adjacent regions until Tuesday night.nnnnnnnnnnnn

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