Western Europe flooded by heavy rains - rivers overflowed their banks in Belgium, France and Germany

Western Europe flooded by heavy rains - rivers overflowed their banks in Belgium, France and Germany
Western Europe flooded by heavy rains - rivers overflowed their banks in Belgium, France and Germany
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The slow storm system sweeping over Western and Central Europe this week has broken records and brought flooding to the region - and meteorologists warn that this storm has not yet finished bringing wet weather.

Officials said Wednesday that firefighters are continuing to search for a man who has gone missing in the East German city of Jechstadt after he was swept away by a torrent on Tuesday evening. Jöchstadt is located near the Czech border. The man disappeared after trying to protect his site from rising waters.

In the Hof district, also near the border with the Czech Republic, a natural disaster warning was issued as heavy rains flooded basements, uprooted trees and cut off electricity. In 12 hours, 3.34 inches (85 mm) of precipitation fell.

The flooding was not limited to eastern Germany: after another rainstorm and thunderstorm on Tuesday, several areas in western Germany reported flooding.

In Hagen, firefighters were called in to rescue several drivers who were stranded by rising flood waters in low-lying areas.

In the nearby town of Erkrath, residents were warned not to shower or use washing machines after rain overloaded the sewer system.

Flooding was also reported in the A44 tunnel passing through Düsseldorf south of the airport. The area reported 1.89 inches (48 mm) of rainfall in 12 hours.

Several rivers and streams overflowed their banks in the Netherlands and Belgium due to heavy rains. Residents throughout the region have been warned to stay away from these bodies of water.

Dutch media showed how people were rescued from a historic mill that was partially flooded with flood waters estimated to be about 5 feet (1.5 m) deep.

Due to the rains and thunderstorms in recent days, some cities in Western and Central Europe are already reporting rainfall in excess of the norm for July.

Four people died and 30 went missing after houses collapsed during severe flooding in Germany.

Cologne, Germany received a total of 3.52 inches (89.4 mm) of rainfall this month. Typically, 2.65 inches (67.3 mm) falls in the city in July.

Paris has already received 4.58 inches (116.3 mm) of precipitation, with 2.64 inches (67.0 mm) falling only on 13 July. This daily rainfall is slightly less than in the French capital during July (2.93 inches / 74.4 mm).

In Zurich, Switzerland, the amount of precipitation in a month doubles its normal value. So far, 7, 18 inches (182.4 mm) have been dropped in the city; Normal rainfall in July is 4.91 inches (124.7 mm).

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