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Flood waters in eastern Germany crest; dikes hold

 A thunderstorm hangs over Lichtenberg, Germany, east of Dresden, on Monday, May 24, 2010. Along the Oder River in eastern Germany, residents were bra...
 A  firefighter takes a break after helping to reinforce a dike with sandbags against dangerously high water in Neuzelle, eastern Germany, Thursday, M...
 A display shows the river Oder water level of 6,18 meters in Ratzdorf, Germany, early Thursday, May 27, 2010. German officials remained confident Thu...
 A resident walks behind a removable flood water wall along the river Oder in Ratzdorf, eastern Germany, early Thursday, May 27, 2010. German official...
 Firemen take a break after they reinforced a dike with sandbags against dangerously high water in Neuzelle,  eastern Germany, Thursday, May 27, 2010....
 An aerial view shows the river Oder, snear Ratzdorf, Germany, on Wednesday, May 26 2010. German officials remained confident Thursday that reinforced...
 An aerial view shows the river Oder, near Ratzdorf, Germany, on Wednesday, May 26 2010. German officials remained confident Thursday that reinforced ...

Germany Weather

A thunderstorm hangs over Lichtenberg, Germany, east of Dresden, on Monday, May 24, 2010. Along the Oder River in eastern Germany, residents were bra...

Germany Flooding

A firefighter takes a break after helping to reinforce a dike with sandbags against dangerously high water in Neuzelle, eastern Germany, Thursday, M...

Germany Flooding

A display shows the river Oder water level of 6,18 meters in Ratzdorf, Germany, early Thursday, May 27, 2010. German officials remained confident Thu...

Germany Flooding

A resident walks behind a removable flood water wall along the river Oder in Ratzdorf, eastern Germany, early Thursday, May 27, 2010. German official...

Germany Flooding

Firemen take a break after they reinforced a dike with sandbags against dangerously high water in Neuzelle, eastern Germany, Thursday, May 27, 2010....

Germany Flooding

An aerial view shows the river Oder, snear Ratzdorf, Germany, on Wednesday, May 26 2010. German officials remained confident Thursday that reinforced...

Germany Flooding

An aerial view shows the river Oder, near Ratzdorf, Germany, on Wednesday, May 26 2010. German officials remained confident Thursday that reinforced ...

Authorities say flooding in eastern Germany is under control and the dikes along the Oder River are holding.
Brandenburg state spokesman Wolfgang Brandt says officials are on alert as the waters level was expected to remain high for several days.
Brandt said Friday that the crest of the flood reached the border town of Ratzdorf overnight and was expected to continue down river, reaching the city of Frankfurt an der Oder within 24 hours.
Germany invested some (EURO)220 million ($270 million) in renovating the dikes along the Oder in the past decade, after record flooding in 1997.


Updated : 2021-10-22 11:51 GMT+08:00