The floods in Rhineland-Palatinate and North Rhine-Westphalia in July were dramatic. There is still chaos in the affected areas. The horror: no one helps people enough. Not even Peter Siggemann. His property is exactly on the border between the two federal states.
The parking lot of his restaurant is in the NRW area. The inn itself is located in Rhineland-Palatinate. A stream with a bridge separated the parking lot and the restaurant. Hardly anything can be seen of that. He is disappointed by both federal states: “I feel left alone. For four weeks not a person was here from the administration. “
Siggemann complains about the lack of help at BILD: “We are unlikely to receive support from private individuals. But not from the administration. The donations – eight million euros that we received in our region – must benefit the flood victims. Not the infrastructure. I go out in public so that people can see what happened here. We’re still getting table reservations. But everything is broken here! “
When the tide came, he was with the family in his country inn “Daubiansmühle”.
He does not know how the innkeeper should cope with the upcoming financial feat: “We still own around 4,000 square meters of land, and there are still funds to be paid to the bank. Fortunately, we had a lot of private helpers there. I don’t know what to do with the ruin. We were only contacted after four weeks. ”
Peter Siggemann and his wife are currently living in a trailer on his daughter’s property. He has rented a little house for little money that he is currently renovating. The inn doesn’t seem to be able to be saved.
Siggemann to BILD: “Everything I wear on my body has been given to me! We don’t want to be forgotten! “
“The flood victims are neglected”
Like many other flood victims, Peter Siggemann and his family have no elementary insurance and are left with the costs and losses.
“The insurance contributions were so high that the inn did not discard them. My wife and I both had other jobs. Personally, I only have a small pension and could no longer work fully because of a stroke, ”the 70-year-old told BILD.
Despite the precarious situation, Siggemann not only sees his own fate: “What is important to me, however, is that there are many people who are even worse off and have more difficulties. I’m definitely not making friends with it now, but there are now many entrepreneurs who are filling their pockets, the flood victims are being neglected. ”
BILD will continue to be there for the people in the flood area. So that something finally changes …