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Flooding Across Central Europe This Past Week

June 9, 2013

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While I haven’t watched much tv in the past month, my wife has. She says that there has been almost no coverage on non-cable news this week.

I’ve read about it online, but I had no idea that it was so wide spread.

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Heavy rainfall over Europe during the the past week has swollen many rivers past their flood stage, wreaking havoc unseen in decades across Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Hungary, Slovakia, Poland and the Czech Republic. At least 18 people across the region have been killed, and tens of thousands have been evacuated. In Germany, the crest of the Elbe River is now approaching the North Sea, as the swollen Danube River is surging toward the Hungarian capital of Budapest. Collected here are images from the past several days of those affected by these historic floods, even as meteorologists predict more rain over the coming weekend.

Here are a few pictures. There is a total of 36 at the link. It’s very sobering and a few are more heart wrenching than others.

http://www.theatlantic.com/infocus/2013/06/flooding-across-central-europe/100530/

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I hope that the photographer was able to rescue this poor thing. We have a female cat named Ebony that looks like this cat. When I saw this and saw the terror in it’s eyes I instantly teared up. The rest of the day hasn’t been the same.

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A cat tries to escape floodwater from the river Vltava in Kly, near Melnik, Czech Republic, on June 4, 2013. (Michal Cizek/AFP/Getty Images) #

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No words….

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A young boy looks out from the back of an army truck that is evacuating people from the flooded village of Devin, in Bratislava, Slovakia, on June 5, 2013. (Reuters/Radovan Stoklasa) #

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It seems that no matter where a disaster happens, the Red Cross is there. Bless ’em.

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A Red Cross member talks to residents from his boat in the flooded center of Passau, Germany, on June 3, 2013. Raging waters from three rivers have flooded large parts of the southeast German city following days of heavy rainfall in central Europe. (AP Photo/Matthias Schrader) #

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The door of a flooded house in the village of Lounky, Czech Republic, on June 6, 2013. Tens of thousands of Germans, Hungarians and Czechs were evacuated from their homes on Wednesday as soldiers raced to pile up sandbags to hold back rising waters in the region’s worst floods in a decade. (Reuters/David W Cerny) #

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A girl from the village of Mlekojedy stands with her dog in front of the flooded road to her home, near the city of Litomerice, Czech Republic, on June 5, 2013. (Reuters/Petr Josek) #

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If you look close, the little boy and this woman have almost the same look in their eyes.

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Petra Breitenfeller surveys her flood-damaged shop “Geko” in the center of the Bavarian city of Passau, on June 7, 2013. (Reuters/Michaela Rehle) #

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Seems like no matter what country…..

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A German soldier takes a break on the top of a sandbag dam in Bitterfeld, Saxony-Anhalt Germany, on June 6, 2013. (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber) #

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