This historic German town is slowly falling apart

The historic town of Staufen im Breisgau is slowly cracking up before its residents' eyes after the local administration decided to plug seven geothermal probes under the two town halls in order to heat up and cool down the buildings back in 2007. Mayor of Staufen im Breisgau Michael Benitz explained on Friday the extent of the damage found in his town. Benitz pointed out that between 2005 and... Еще 2007 both the historic and technical town halls underwent a general renovation, as the administration «wanted to heat up and cool down both town halls with regenerative energy». «A geothermal project was planned, and then we drilled seven geothermic probes between the two town halls, 140 metres deep [in the earth]. Three weeks after the conclusion of the project, we detected the first cracks on the buildings,» stated Benitz. With the ground rising ever since, Staufen im Breisgau has «[risen] 62 centimeters in height, and the ground has shifted laterally by 45 centimetres,» the mayor said. Besides broken streets and squares, 270 residents have reported damage to their homes, with the total damage amounting to around €50 million ($59 million).

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