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    After the thaw, Germany braces itself for flooding

     

     

    In many regions in Germany the temperature rise that triggered flood warnings. The German Weather Service was anxiously watching river levels, as the meteorologist also warn the heavy rainfall. The riding temperatures was causing a widespread thaw in Germany this was after the weeks of snow and ice. Many German rivers have swollen dramatically in the last couple of days, this was the combination of the heavy rains and showers. The number of regions was bracing themselves in flooding. The riverside streets in the several small towns and villages along the Moselle River in Western Germany was already under the water. The emergency services was prepared aluminum flood walls and boardwalks in the anticipation of the further flooding. The Moselle in Koblenz flows into the Rhine. The officials said that “they feared the combination of high water levels in both rivers might lead to the city’s worst floods in 10 years.” In Cologne, the Rhine was continuing to rise. The authorities stated that “the water will reach a level of 8 meters (26 feet). That would already¬†mean the flooding of a number of basements. If the water level rises above 8.3 meters all river traffic will be halted. The water level in Cologne was at 3.86 meters, and rising.” The Rhine in Duesseldorf, was¬† also watching the water gauge closely. “If water levels threaten to rise to around 8 meters, we will start to implement protection measures in the old town,” a spokesman said. But, he added that “the water had not yet reached a critical level.”

     

     

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    http://www.dw-world.de/dw/article/0,,14756461,00.html

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