Suspected ordnance in the West City of Göttingen
In Göttingen Weststadt, new information from the State Office for Geoinformation and Land Surveying of Lower Saxony has given rise to suspicion about ordnance from the Second World War. The Lower Saxony Ordnance Disposal Service (KBD) will now investigate and investigate these suspicious points. He is supported in this by a staff, which the Lord Mayor of Göttingen Rolf-Georg Köhler under the direction of the First City Councilor Christian Schmetz and the head of the Göttingen professional fire brigade Dr. Martin Schäfer has set up.
According to the current situation, the KBD experts assume that to the west and east of the Leine (Godehardstrasse, Blümchenviertel, Schützenplatz) more than 80 suspicious points are to be investigated. Whether the suspicion is confirmed can only be checked by carefully exploring each individual point. If suspicious points are further confirmed by probing, the respective object is excavated. If it is a bomb dud, a defusing or controlled demolition will be prepared. Following a possible neutralization, the city and KBD will examine the situation in the area and decide which suspicious point should be investigated next.
"There is no particular danger for the population," emphasizes Mayor Köhler and emphasizes that the city is in close contact with the experts from the ordnance disposal service. "We are going to work together in a well-structured manner and with a maximum of expertise." According to current knowledge, it is not necessary that individual areas have to be cleared at short notice. "Measures such as evacuating the population will be taken as soon as there is a possible defusing or controlled demolition."
"A feat of strength for everyone involved"
From a purely logistical point of view, the mayor sees great challenges facing the city. Due to the high number of points of suspicion, it is unavoidable to evacuate the population in each specific case for their own protection. Köhler's appeal: “What is needed now is a sense of community, solidarity and confidence. It is important to approach the matter calmly, purposefully and with the necessary calm. It will be a great effort for everyone involved - for the KBD, for aid organizations, for the staff, but above all for the people in the affected district. ”The KBD will try to deal with as many suspicious points as possible per mission.
Christian Schmetz assumes that the investigation of the suspicious points and, if necessary, their defusing or controlled demolition will take a longer period of time. “For the next few years, the people in the quarter will have to deal with probes, evacuations and - if a bomb is found - defusing or detonating them. The city stands by the people concerned closely. Göttingen suffered from the fact that the issue of bomb blind people should not be taken lightly. The controlled detonation of four World War II bombs at the beginning of 2021 showed how important the work of the KBD is. Despite all efforts, the need to run the city and its residents now, it is important to master this challenge together." Göttingen is also in close contact with the specialists of the state capital of Hanover, as they are much more common in the past uncovered bombs than in Göttingen.
“Due to construction work, a point on a municipal utility's gas line is considered to have been touched and must be examined more closely,” reports Schmetz. “The municipal utilities will now block the relevant line section. It is a transport line as redundancy without customers to be supplied directly. There is no risk of fire or explosion for residents due to the gas pipeline. The suspect point will also be secured with containers. The Leineradweg will also be closed for safety. The investigations will not start until next spring in order to guarantee the continuous gas supply in Göttingen by restarting the transport pipeline in the event of malfunctions in the gas network during the cold months. "As soon as these findings are available, the next steps can be planned." At the cultural center there is another suspicion, Schmetz explains and explains: "The users of the center have already been informed, the KBD will start its work here shortly and the exploration prepare."
At goe.de/bombenverdacht, the city again offers a live blog that provides all the latest information on the situation and continuously reports on the measures. In the event of a neutralization measure, the people in the neighborhood are specifically informed, and a citizen phone is then set up again.
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