- Germany was hit by devastating flooding in recent weeks.
- In Beyenburg, western Germany, the modern alert system failed on July 14.
- A monk used a medieval bell system to alert residents instead, local media said.
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A monk used a medieval bell system to alert people to flooding as a modern alarm system failed.
The Church Times reported that a modern early-warning system failed in Beyenburg on July 14.
The Wuppertaler Rundschau newspaper reported that Brother Dirk, a member of the Order of the Cross in the Steinhaus Abbey in Beyenburg, rang a storm bell to alert people.
It reported that his ringing “alerted numerous local residents.”
The Church Times reported that the bell had been in place as a warning system since the Middle Ages.
Germany has been battling devastating flooding that has killed at least 100 people.