- Title: GERMANY: WORST FLOODS IN OVER A CENTURY DRIVE TENS OF THOUSANDS FROM THEIR HOMES
- Date: 16th August 2002
- Summary: (W7) DRESDEN, GERMANY (AUGUST 15, 2002) (REUTERS) 1. AERIAL OF FLOODED CITY OF DRESDEN, TOURIST BOATS ON BANKS OF ELBE RIVER; AERIAL OF FLOODED FOOTBALL STADIUM; AERIAL OF BRIDGES ACROSS ELBE RIVER; AERIAL ALONG ELBE RIVER WITH FLOODED FIELDS AND APARTMENT BLOCKS IN DISTANCE (4 SHOTS) 1.27 (W7) LOEBNITZ, GERMANY (AUGUST 15, 2002) (REUTERS) 2. SLV ROAD CUT IN HALF AFTER DAM BROKE; PYLON IN WATERL; TREE IN FLOODED RIVER; PAN UP CONCRETE OF DESTROYED ROAD; BROWN RIVER GUSHING (6 SHOTS) 1.59 3. SLV PEOPLE WATCHING FROM TOP OF ROAD CUT IN HALF BY WATER; MV BROKEN DAM (2 SHOTS) 2.09 (W7) BITTERFELD, GERMANY (AUGUST 15, 2002) (REUTERS) 4. SLV PEOPLE PUSHING BICYCLES WITH CARDBOARD BOXES STRAPPED TO TRAILERS THROUGH STREET AFTER THEY WERE TOLD TO STAND BY TO EVACUATE TOWN; SLV BICYCLE TRAILERS (4 SHOTS) 2.23 5. SLV GAS STATION WORKERS REMOVING PUMPS AND LIFTING THEM WITH FORKLIFT; WORKER HOLDING ONTO PETROL PUMP ON FORKLIFT (2 SHOTS) 2.35 6. SLV SUPERMARKET EMPLOYEES CLOSING DOWN STORE; SCU KEYS IN LOCK BEING TURNED; MV EMPLOYEE SEALING DOOR WITH GLUE-LIKE SUBSTANCE, PAN TO SANDBAGS ON GROUND OUTSIDE SUPERMARKET ENTRANCE (3 SHOTS) 3.01 Initials Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved
- Embargoed: 31st August 2002 13:00
- Location: DRESDEN AND LOEBNITZ AND BITTERFELD, GERMANY
- Country: Germany
- Reuters ID: LVADT8Y4RP0WS80XV1FH5PI9N3HV
- Story Text: The worst floods in over a century have driven tens of
thousands from their homes across eastern Germany as rising
water levels threatened to submerge the historic centre of the
baroque city of Dresden.
The river Elbe was expected to keep rising into the
early hours of Friday morning (August 16) to its highest level
There were fears the historic centre of Dresden, the
capital of the state of Saxony which was destroyed by British
and American bombers in 1945 and only properly rebuilt in the
last ten years, may be swamped.
In Loebnitz near Bitterfeld, at least one road was cut in
half after a dam broke. An electric pylon fell into the Mulde
river and nearby fields were flooded.
Emergency services said another 35,000 people in the
cities of Bitterfeld and Magdeburg in the neighbouring state
of Saxony-Anhalt were also on stand-by to abandon their homes.
In Bitterfeld, an entire petrol station was dismantled and
the pumps removed after it was feared any leaking gasoline
would further damage the environment.
Employees of a local Bitterfeld supermarket sealed the
entrances with a glue-like substance, hoping that the water
would spare their work place.
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