Soldiers were deployed to assist people in two German states as heavy rains caused what may have been the worst flooding in more than a decade.
Troops were sent to Saxony in the eastern part of the country and Bavaria in the south, where water from the Donau river rose to 10.58 meters (35 feet), just shy of the 10.80 meters reached during floods in 2002, according to data compiled by the Bavarian Environment Ministry.
“We expect water levels to rise further, and at some river segments we expect flooding of the magnitude last seen in 1999 and 2002,” Natascha Gruenpeter, a spokeswoman for the ministry, said by phone today.
Rainfall has wreaked havoc this weekend across central Europe. In the Czech Republic, at least 2 people have died in floods that threaten to deluge Prague. In Austria and Switzerland, roads and railway tracks have been submerged or blocked by landslides, DPA reported today.
Germany saw almost twice as much rain as usual last month, making it the second-wettest May since record keeping began in 1881, according to the German Weather Service.
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