High river alerts across German-Polish border

High river alerts across German-Polish border
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Amateur video has captured the power of a tornado when it hit a small village in Austria. It was shown as extreme weather conditions continued to affect parts of Northern and Central Europe.

Heavy rains are raising river levels to dangerous heights. One woman in Lower Austria drowned when she was swept away by flood waters. An elderly man died from a heart attack in the same region.

Germany is bracing itself for the worst as rivers in the east of the country continue to rise. Officials in Frankfurt an der Order are desperately trying to reinforce river bank defences in an effort to contain the swelling floodwaters.

Sven Henrik Häseker, who lives in Frankfurt an der Oder, which lies close to Poland, gave a warning.

“On the Polish side, the situation looks much more difficult because our twin town Slubice is about two metres lower than Frankfurt,” he said. “This means that when a levee breaches, we are not talking about flood levels of 50-60cm but of up to two and a half metres. This means that real damage can be expected, and that is why the mayor called on everyone to leave the town on Friday.”

Officials predict the highest alert for the Oder could even be reached as early as today which may have repercussions for Berlin as the Oder feeds the river Spree which flows through the capital.

Meanwhile, Poland’s low-lying Slubice, which is on the front line of any flooding from the Oder, can only hope and pray.

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