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Thousands evacuated as deadly floods swamp Europe
6/3/13 Floodwaters from heavy rains swamped five countries in Europe and threatened others, leaving at least eight people dead and nine missing.
Germany, Austria, Poland, Switzerland and the Czech Republic have been affected, with officials in the Czech capital, Prague, closing the subway system, evacuating thousands of homes and warning other people not to come into the city. Slovakia and Hungary were preparing flood defenses on the Danube River.
In Germany, rain levels that reached record highs in May contributed to widespread flooding across southern and eastern parts of the country.
In the southern state of Bavaria, more than 20,000 firefighters and other rescue workers were battling rising water levels, especially in the southeast. The historic cities of Passau and Rosenheim declared states of emergency.
Historic Flooding in Central Europe
Jun 5, 2013 Some of the worst flooding in memory has struck parts of central Europe in the wake of persistent soaking rain.
While flood waters receded in some areas, other communities were still awaiting the worst as crests sweep down major rivers.
At least 11 people have died and many others were missing as floods and landslides targeted Germany, Austria, the Czech Republic and Switzerland.
Thousands of people have been displaced by flooding as militaries teamed with local authorities and volunteers to shore up flood defenses.
Flood crest of the Danube River at Passau, Germany, reached a level not recorded since 1501.
The German Chancellor said flood damage looked worse than that of 2002, the last year of massive flooding in the region.
Farther down the Danube, officials were girding for the big river's flood crest in Bratislava, Slovakia, and Budapest, Hungary.
Meanwhile, in the Czech Republic, Prague had apparently been spared the worst after the Vltava River had its highest crest since 2002.
The river's flood waters were headed northward to the Elbe, along which the German city of Dresden was making ready for
water levels 5 meters (about 16 feet) above normal.
Dresden evacuations as floods seep over central Europe
600 people have been evacuated in Dresden as floodwater continues to threaten parts of southern Germany, Austria and the Czech Republic.
The level of the River Elbe in the historic German city is not expected to peak until Thursday morning.
Emergency workers have been shoring up a dyke under threat from high water in the Austrian city of Krems.
At least 12 people have died and two are missing as a result of the floods across the three countries.
Seven deaths were recorded in the Czech Republic and three in Germany, while two people were reported dead and two missing in Austria, according to a European Commission update early on Tuesday evening.
Parts of Germany have not seen such severe flooding in centuries. However, in the Czech Republic, the water level has stabilised in the capital Prague, where there had been fears of a repeat of disasters in 2002 and 1997.
New island rises off German coast
12 Jan 2013 AN ISLAND the size of 25 football pitches has appeared seemingly out of nowhere off the coast of Germany.
The landmass, which is composed of sandbanks, gradually emerged from the violent waters of the North Sea over the past few years.
It lies 24 kilometres off the coast of Schleswig-Holstein in Germany's far north in a stretch of coastline known as the Wattenmeer, a marine national park.
Nature lovers and yachstmen noticed the appearance of Bird Island - named after the seabirds who rest, nest or feed on the sand dunes that are up to almost five metres high.
Winds blew seeds from across Europe, and 49 species of plants have been detected on it.
Detlef Hansen, head of the national park, said: "This is, for us conservationists, anything but ordinary."
Andrea to Target United Kingdom Next Week
Jun 8, 2013 Andrea is expected drench the northeastern United States and Canada Saturday
and then bring rain to Ireland and the United Kingdom by Tuesday.
Hungary evacuates 2,000 people as precaution against floods
June 2013 - Hungarian authorities evacuated more than 2,000 people from the western village of Gyorujfalu as a precaution against flooding along the river Danube.
Tens of thousands have been evacuated and at least a dozen people killed in floods that have hit Germany, Austria, Slovakia, Poland and the Czech Republic in recent days.
The flood is expected to peak in Budapest at around 8.85 meters, above the 8.6-metre record reached in 2006.
Germany reeling from record floods
EU dam breaks, thousands flee
Jun 10, 2013 River Elbe dam burst, thousands evacuated in Germany.
In Budapest Hungary, flood defences appear to have held.
With levels on the Danube peaking, the mayor of Budapest said leaking dykes had been fixed.
HAIL in GERMANY
May 15, 2015 - Nine injured and homes damaged in a hailstorm in southern Germany. There were reports of hailstones the size of golf balls and 75mph winds. Augsburg had a tornado.
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