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Plastic bags used to protect in aftermath of flood

The Bavarian city of Passau has seen its worst flooding since 1501. Residents are doing all they can to protect themselves and their property. The city is home to 50,000 on the border with Austria.

Plastic bags being used to protect feet from the flood waters Credit: Press Association
Members of the German army stand in the mud next to sandbags in Passau Credit: Press Association

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Passau residents count the cost of devastating flood

Residents of the southern German town of Passau have been counting the cost after several feet of floodwater engulfed the town.

Mud covered books are placed outside a book shop in the town of Passau in Germany Credit: REUTERS/Michaela Rehle

Homes and businesses close to the water level suffered extensive damage. The owner of one book shop had to throw away all of the books that had filled its shelves.

The flooded bar of the 'Theatercafe - Aquarium' in the centre Passau Credit: REUTERS/Michaela Rehle

Passau lies at the confluence of three rivers and reportedly saw some of the highest water levels in 70 years.

Mud covers the bar of the 'Theatercafe - Aquarium' Credit: REUTERS/Michaela Rehle

Report: River reaches peak level in Prague

The level of the River Vltava has reached its peak and is expected to begin returning to normal levels, according experts cited in the Prague-based daily Mlada Fronta Dnes.

Some 60 roads remain closed as well as large parts of the city's metro system, the newspaper reports.

This was the scene in the early hours of this morning:

More flooding in store for Prague as river level rises

Flooding in the Czech capital Prague is expected to get worse before it gets better as water levels in the River Vltava reach their peak later this morning.

The River Vltava is expected to reach its peak between 8am and Noon this lorning Credit: APTN

The Prague daily Lidove Noviny cited the Prime Minister Petr Necas as saying that water flow was expected to reach 3,300 cubic metres per second, up today from 2,900 last night.

The situation is made worse by the fact that the Orlik reservoir, which helps control the flow, is close to full capacity.

Pedalos drift into the town Credit: APTN

Temporary flood barriers and sandbags have been used to keep the water from Prague's Old Town - a World Heritage Site - after record floods in 2002 caused serious damage.

The River Vltava has carried tree branches and other debris into the city centre Credit: APTN

Death toll rises as Prague braces for more floods

The flooded Berounka river on the outskirts of Prague. Credit: Reuters/David W Cerny

Floods across central Europe forced factories to closed, drove thousands from their homes and killed at least eight people.

Sandbags have been piled up by volunteers to keep a swollen river from overwhelming the Czech capital Prague's historic centre.

Six people died in the Czech Republic from the worst flooding in a decade and a state of emergency was declared, while in Austria two people died and another two were missing.

A traffic sign surrounded by the flooded Berounka river on the outskirts of Prague. Credit: Reuters/David W Cerny
Volunteers place sand bags on a street in central Prague. Credit: Reuters/David W Cerny

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Five dead in flooding in Czech Republic

A restaurant at flooded riverside is seen in centre of Prague. Credit: Vit Simanek/Czech News Agency/Press Association Images

Hundreds of people have been evacuated in the Czech Republic after floods claimed the lives of five people, transport has been disrupted and some schools remain closed as the government declared a state of emergency in all but one of 14 regions.

The Prague Zoo has also seen flooding. Credit: Katerina Sulova/Czech News Agency/Press Association Images

Record-high rivers cause flooding in central Europe

Torrential rain has caused rivers to break their banks in central Europe leaving towns and cities under several feet of water.

Parts of the Czech Republic, Germany, Austria, Hungary and Poland have reported serious flooding, with water levels reaching record highs.

The statue of world harmony leader Sri Chinmoy has become part of the Vltava river in Prague Credit: REUTERS/David W Cerny

The Czech government has drafted in 300 soldiers to help bolster flood defences after the river Vltava broke its banks.

Flooded houses next to river Steyr are pictured during heavy rainfall in the small Austrian city of Steyr Credit: REUTERS/Leonhard Foeger

Local media cited the head of Hungary's National Disaster Authority as saying that water levels in the Danube could exceed the height seen in the record flooding in 2002.

The town of Passau in southern Germany is seeing some of the worst flooding in 70 years.

Emergency workers travel by boat along a flooded street in the centre of the Austrian town of Melk Credit: REUTERS/Leonhard Foeger

Rivers approach highest level in 70 years in Passau

Raging waters from three rivers have flooded large parts of the south-east German town of Passau following days of heavy rainfall in central Europe.

street sign is partially submerged in the flooded centre of the Bavarian town of Passau Credit: REUTERS/Michaela Rehle

A spokesman for the city's crisis centre said the situation was "extremely dramatic" and waters are expected to rise further by midday to their level highest in 70 years.

Much of the city is reportedly only accessible by boat and there are power outages in some areas.

The floodwater has reached the level of this restaurant sign in one part of the town Credit: REUTERS/Michaela Rehle

At least four people have reportedly died and nine are missing due to floods in Germany, Austria, Switzerland and the Czech Republic in recent days.

Soldiers called in to reinforce Prague flood defences

Czech authorities have been scrambling to reinforce flood defences in Prague as the rising river Vltava threatened to engulf the capital's historic centre after days of heavy rain.

Czech soldiers erect metal barriers next to the medieval Charles bridge Credit: REUTERS/Petr Josek

Prime Minister Petr Necas said 300 soldiers have been deployed to help local authorities and that up to 2,000 have been placed on standby.

A tourist surveys the flooded River Vltava Credit: APTN

The Czech government has declared a state of emergency in six regions that have been badly hit by the flooding, in the western half of the country and Prague.

Thousands of people have had to be relocated from their homes across the country, and a Prague hospital and zoo had to be partially evacuated.

The water in the River Vltava is almost at the level of the city's bridges Credit: APTN
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