- Title: GERMANY/BELGIUM: WATER LEVELS DROP AND TOWNS AND CITIES CONTINUE MASSIVE CLEAN UP
- Date: 2nd February 1995
- Summary: COLOGNE, GERMANY AND DINANT, BELGIUM (FEBRUARY 2, 1995) (REUTERS TELEVISION -RTV- ACCESS ALL) COLOGNE, GERMANY 1. SLV/VARIOUS WORKERS SWEEPING AWAY MUD FROM STREETS/ VEHICLES SPRAYING WATER TO CLEAR SILT (7 SHOTS) 0.34 2. SLV PEOPLE PUMPING WATER OUT OF THEIR SHOPS.(2 SHOTS) 0.44 3. MCU STONE WITH ENGRAVING SHOWING WATER LEVELS FROM LAST YEAR'S "FLOOD OF THE CENTURY" 0.50 4. SV HOSES SPRAYING WATER INTO RIVER (3 SHOTS) 1.04 DINANT, BELGIUM 5. GV/SV RIVER FLOWING PAST TOWN/ WATER PUMPING/ WATER PAST SHOPS (4 SHOTS) 1.26 6. SV DAMAGED FURNITURE ON PAVEMENT 1.31 7. SLV YOUNG WOMAN SWEEPING WATER FROM HOME 1.35 8. SV/LV PAULY SAYING THAT EVERYTHING IN THE HOUSE IS DAMAGED (FRENCH)/INT.HOUSE/EXT. GARDEN (7 SHOTS) 2.09 9. LV/SV PEOPLE SWEEPING STREETS, (3 SHOTS) 2.20 10. LV/PAN PEOPLE CLEANING BELONGINGS (2 SHOTS) 2.34 Initials Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved.
- Embargoed: 17th February 1995 12:00
- Location: COLOGNE, GERMANY AND DINANT, BELGIUM
- Country: EUROPE Belgium Germany
- Reuters ID: LVA8QKTQ4LPVFLSEFJR25PZBIVGF
- Story Text: The water levels on Germany's rivers were continuing to fall on Friday (February 3).
German towns and cities continued a massive clean up and residents forced out of their houses began returning to pump water and shovel mud out of their basements.
Preliminary estimates put the flood damage in Germany at around 1.5 billion marks (one billion United States dollars), little of which is covered by insurance.
In Cologne, on Thursday (February 2), members of the local fishing club tried to catch fish which had been trapped in various flooded areas of the city.
Meanwhile, clean ups are underway in the southern Belgian town of Dinant.
Resident Rita Pauly who was forced to leave her home on Thursday, called the floods, a catastrophe.
Dinant was one of the hardest hit towns in Belgium and its residents have formed committees to deal with the crisis.
Earlier this week the Meuse river was seven metres (23 feet) high, double its usual 3.7 metres (12 feet) In spite of the inevitability of the Meuse river spilling over during heavy rains, most residents say they will never move from this picturesque tourist town.
There are no firm estimates yet of the damage. The Government has budgeted 1.80 billion francs (57.3 million United States dollars) for a special disaster fund this year but the cost of the damage is expected to be higher.
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