Submitted millions more in flood money

Released on 27.09. 2021

  • Soaked and moldy euro banknotes are waiting to be dried at the Bundesbank in Mainz. Photo: Boris Roessler

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Not only apartments and household items were destroyed in the flood in western Germany. Thousands of euro bills also have to be exchanged.

Mainz (dpa) – Bundesbank specialists still have their hands full to exchange damaged cash from the flood areas in North Rhine-Westphalia and Rhineland-Palatinate for new bills.

So far, over 65 million euros in so-called flood money have been submitted, as the Bundesbank announced to the German press agency. That is around 15 million euros more than at the beginning of the month. The notes come from banks and savings banks – from destroyed ATMs, for example – or from private individuals.

The banknotes, which are often heavily contaminated with mud, sewage and heating oil due to the floods in mid-July, are given to experts and experts in the analysis center for counterfeit money and damaged cash of the Bundesbank in Mainz washed, dried and checked so that the submitters get their money back in fresh notes. The service is free for citizens.

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