As you may know from the news, the southern and eastern parts of germany are suffered from a flood, that is comparable to the desaster that happened in 2002. The maximum water level this time was about 10m, the historical old town of Meissen including the theatre was flooded completely. However the water recedes now but very slow. At some places where the water disappeared and the people in my neighborhood started today with cleaning their houses. (I live a few kilometers away from the river and was not suffered).
So I called somebody and asked if there is some help needed and after clearifying the details I put the Kärcher and the rubber boots in the car and went to his place. We had water from below and above, since it started to rain, so the power cables for the pumps and the pressure washers needed to kept dry and it gets a bit scary when a thunderstorm came up - so we had to interrupt the work for a while - this was a good time for a having a break and talkig about the last days.
At the end of the day it can be summarized that it is amazing to experience the solidarity among the people. This feeling is somehow comparable to open source development. Everybody pulls trough and it is amazing to see, how step by step the chaos disappears.