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.
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.
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.
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Cloud and outbreaks of rain will ease away eastwards during the morning, clearing the east coast around midday with sunny spells developing.
Police and emergency services are attending the scene.
Rebel-held east remains at risk while the pumping station supplying the western part of the city is once again in operation.